29/05/2011 - A thrilling Grand Prix Masters race was the
highlight of the second day of the MSVR organised Masters Historic
Festival at Brands Hatch.
Michael Lyons, driving a Hesketh 308E, was involved in an
almighty battle with the Arrows of Rob Austin, but the former
managed to take the victory by just half a second.
British Touring Car racer Austin started from pole after a
highly successful qualifying session. Austin lead the field into
Paddock Hill Bend from the rolling start, but Lyons was only 0.3
seconds behind at the end of the opening lap. The Hesketh driver
fought his way past Austin exiting Stirlings on the second lap, and
by the end of the third lap had a lead of 0.7 seconds.
Austin though looked menacing, never out of the mirrors of Lyons
and set consecutive fastest laps on lap five and six. By lap seven
the gap was down to under three-tenths with the Arrows driver
Last years' double winner Bill Coombs was over 40 seconds behind
with 10 minutes remaining, with Steve Allen running in fourth
pulling his Arrows out of the race on lap 12.
The pair drew side-by-side on lap 15, but lapped traffic stifled
Rob Austin's attack on lap 16, and fell two seconds behind Lyons,
but again he fought back. However, he was unable to stop Lyons from
taking the chequered flag. Bill Coombs nursed his ill-sounding
Tyrrell 009 home in third.
An impressive grid including Lolas, McLarens and Chevrons lined
up for the opening World Sportscar Masters race, which was
dominated by Leo Voyazides.
Voyazides, who started from pole in his Lola T70 MK3b, pulled
away from the field and cliched the win by almost six seconds at
the end of the 30-minute race. New Zealander Roger Wills in the
McLaren M1B surged up to second from fifth on the grid and he then
set his sights on reeling in Voyazides.
But Steve Tandy forced his way past Wills into Paddock Hill Bend
at the start of lap six. However, Voyazides remained untroubled
throughout the race and he took the win. The Lolas of Tandy and
Michael Lyons completed the podium.
Fans were also treated to Formula One demonstration runs from a
collection of famous cars, including the 1996 World Championship
winning Damon Hill, Williams Renault.
The Interserie Revival race was won by the Matra of Rob Hall,
Mike Wrigley finished second with Abba Kogan in third.
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