30/05/2011 - Michael Lyons' impressive double win in the Grand
Prix Masters race was the highlight of the final day of the MSVR
organised Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch.
Lyons, who held off a spirited challenge from British Touring
Car racer Rob Austin in Sunday's race, mirrored his performance on
Monday to take a well-deserved win. Austin kept Lyons honest for
every one of the nineteen laps, but was unable to claim that
Lyons made the best start, whilst Austin had to hold off the
attentions of Bill Coombs at Paddock Hill Bend. With that
successfully done, Coombs ran alone in third whilst the leaders
squabbled. Lyons edged away lap by lap and eventually took the
victory by 3.948s. Roger Wills, driving a Williams FW05, finished
on the podium in third.
A selection of classic Formula One cars from the late 1980s and
mid 1990s thrilled fans with demonstration laps around the 2.3-mile
GP circuit. An ex-Damon Hill 1996 Williams Renault was joined by
two Benettons, a 1989 Lotus and an ex-Ayrton Senna Toleman, for
laps around the track.
Leo Voyazides finished the weekend on a high as he secured a
double win in the World Sportscar Masters.
Michael Lyons, in a Lola T70, made a great start to the race and
took the lead from Steve Tandy on the opening lap and he looked
favourite to the take yet another victory. However, a spin at
Sheene Curve on lap 16 brought out the red flags and Voyazides
inherited the lead and the race win.
The AC Cobra of Chris Chiles Snr and Chris Chiles Jnr came
through to win an eventful two-hour Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT
race. A large 37-car grid lined up for the race and they all
completed the opening lap unscathed with polesitter Michael
Whitaker maintaining his lead.
Whitaker's TVR lead until lap 16 when he was forced to make an
unscheduled pit-stop with a mechanical problem. The Jaguar E-Type
of Steve Tandy and Martin Stretton inherited the lead for just two
laps before Michiel Campagne, who started from the back of the
grid, surged to the front and was the car to beat at the hour
However, the race took another twist as Campagne's Chevrolet
Grand Sport retired from the race. As the pit stops ensued, it
Chiles, who took advantage and he moved to the front and
established a comfortable 19 second lead. His Cobra remained
untroubled and he took the chequered flag in front of Shaun Lynn's
AC Cobra. Sean Walker and Ian Flux's Lotus Elan finished third
overall and winner in class.
Roger Wills, who entered the weekend hoping to take part in all
15 races, claimed the top step of the podium in the Sports Racing
Masters. The New Zealander, sharing his McLaren M1B sports car with
Joe Twyman, was the class of the field and crossed the finish line
with almost a 50 second advantage from Marcus T Mussa. Laurie
Bennett claimed third spot and the best non-McLaren runners was
Shaun Lynn's Ford GT40 in fourth.
Leo Voyazides' successful weekend continued as he won the Pre-66
Touring Car encounter in his Ford Falcon. Former British Touring
Car driver Patrick Watts led the chasing pack in trying to haul in
the Falcon but he was unable to maintain pressure on the leader.
Voyazides had the race under control and clinched the victory
finishing 19 seconds in front of John Young's Ford Mustang with
Watts nursing his Mustang to third place.
Rob Hall's Matra dominated a shortened Interserie Revival race,
as he held off a challenge from Mike Wrigley's March 755 to take
the chequered flag.
After an enthralling battle between Nick Swift and Christian
Deveruax, Phillip Burgess snatched the victory in the Pre-66 MINI
sprint race by one thousandth of a second on the final lap.
Photo courtesy of Gary Hawkins
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