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Bill Coombs completes sensational Grand Prix Masters double

Monday, May 31 2010

Bill Coombs completed a Grand Prix Masters double with another dominant win on the Grand Prix circuit in the delayed second race for historic F1 machinery.

Coombs started the race from pole position and never relinquished his lead, with Manfredo Rossi di Moteleras' Brabham BT42 second and Nico Bindels grabbing third place on the last lap in his Lotus 77, just edging out Roger Wills Williams FW05.

Such was Coombs supremacy that he was over 10 seconds ahead by the half way mark, before easing back knowing victory was as good as secure.

Still he was able to finish almost 12 seconds ahead of di Moteleras' Brabham who had a largely incident free race.

However the battle for third was one of the talking points of the race with Wills who started second, looking safe in third before Bindels mounted a late charge, squeezing past the Williams half way round the final lap.

There was similarly entertaining racing throughout the field, with Richard Barbers Fittipaldi F5A and David Coplowe's Lotus 87 scrapping in the midfield, Barber squeezing past at Surtees as they came to lap the slower Trojan of Paul Grant.

Barber then set his sights on the McLaren M23 of Richard Meins and on lap 11 it became clear Meins was suffering car problems, Barber easily closing the gap and moving into fifth place on lap 12.

Meins was able to hold on to sixth place until the finish, unlike Simon Diffey, Ron Maydon, Mike Wrigley and James Hanson who all suffered technical issues.

The Tyrrell 012 of Ian Simmonds had a world of problems, suffering an apparent lack of power and pulling into the pits on lap 3, before being sent back out on track only to pit again shortly afterwards. He was able to resume but retired for good on the Derek Minter straight on lap 10.

But Coombs was trouble free and secured his second win of the weekend, and third of the season after also winning in April at Silverstone.

Grand Prix Masters, Brands Hatch GP, race one:
1. Bill Coombs (Tyrrell 009), 14 laps
2. Manfredo Rossi di Montelera (Brabham BT42), +11.836s
3. Nico Bindels (Lotus 87B), +14.079s
4. Roger Wills (Williams FW05), +16.394s
5. Richard Barber (Fittipaldi F5A), +39.055s
6. Richard Meins (McLaren M23/4), +51.569s
7. Frank Lyons (Osella FA1), +1m17.242s
8. David Coplowe (Lotus 87), +1m17.383s
9. Rick Hall (Matra MS120C), +1m26.588s
10. John Delane (Tyrrell 002), +1 lap

The next major historic event at Brands Hatch is the Historic Sports Car Club Historic Superprix featuring the FIA Historic Formula One Championship on 3-4 July. Tickets cost from £10 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.