The first day of the Brands Hatch Masters Historic Festival has
come to a close after a scintillating day of F1 racing.
The main highlight was a great race for the Grand Prix Masters
which was won by Richard Barber's Fittipaldi F5A, a race only
decided on the final lap when long time leader Brendon Hartley's
Lotus 92/5 suffered gearbox issues and had to settle for second
Richard Meins' Williams had led from the front, converting his
pole position into the lead at Paddock Hill Bend. He lead for the
first eight laps but when he hit mechanical drama was forced out of
the race, as was second placed man Steve Allen. This transformed
the battle for third between Barber and Hartley into a scrap for
the lead, with Harley forcing his way through on lap 11, a lead he
held until his dramas on the final tour. Former GP2 racer Hartley
had difficulties getting into fourth gear, and Barber surged past
to grab the win.
Andrew Smith claimed third in his March 701 from ninth on the
grid but had to fend off the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 of Roger Wills
who closed dramatically in the final laps.
The biggest improver was Manfredo Rossi di Montelera in the
Lotus 80, who had started last on the grid but surged up to fifth
overall with Ian Simmonds in a Tyrrell 012 sixth.
Nordea GP Masters, Race 1 - result:
1. Richard Barber, Fittipaldi F5A, 25:55.062s
2. Brendon Hartley, Lotus 92/5, +5.860s
3. Andrew Smith, March 701, +22.286s
4. Roger Wills, Tyrrell P34, +22.659s
5. Manfredo Rossi di Montelera, Lotus 80, +52.710s
6. Ian Simmonds, Tyrrell 012, +57.284s
Away from the GP Masters an eventful race for the Historic Grand
Prix Cars Association for Pre-66 F1 cars was won by Peter Horsman's
Lotus 18 ahead of Rod Jolley in a Lotus Cooper T45 and Andy
Middlehurst third in his Lotus 25.
The other F1 race of the day was for the Historic Race of
Champions which was won by Andrew Smith in a March 701, 43 seconds
ahead of the Tyrrell of John Delane. Rudolf Ernst rounded off the
podium in a March 721.
Othe races were held for the CanAm Interserie Challenge, and
Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT Cars.
Tickets for the second day of the Masters Historic
Festival at Brands Hatch on Sunday 27 May are available on the gate
for £21 with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For
more information call 0843 453 9000 or click