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Classic F1 and Sports cars take to Grand Prix circuit

Sunday, May 30 2010

After an exciting opening day of saloon and GT racing on the Indy circuit, the Masters Historic Festival continues on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix configuration today (Sunday) with action from the Grand Prix Masters and World Sportscar Masters series.

The day got underway with qualifying sessions for both headline series, as Rob Austin's 1976 Surtees TS19 edged out the Williams FW05 of Roger Wills - who will be contesting more than 10 races this weekend - to clinch pole position.

After briefly topping the timesheets, Italian Manfredo Rossi di Montelera secured third in his Brabham BT42, ahead of Richard Barber's Fittipaldi F5A. The Shadow DN9A of John Grand and the Lotus 87B of Nico Bindels will line-up fifth and sixth respectively, with the Arrows A1 of Steve Allen in seventh and Richard Meins' McLaren M23 rounding out the top eight.

The Lola T70 of Oliver Bryant and the Abarth PA01 of Richard Evans enjoyed an entertaining tussle for pole position in qualifying for the World Sportscar Masters, as the pair traded time throughout the session. Honours ultimately went to Bryant after a red flag brought the session to an early close.

Roger Wills followed his success in the Grand Prix Masters session with third place on the grid in World Sportscar Masters qualifying - despite his door falling off midway through!

A quartet of Lola T70s belonging to Jon Minshaw, Leo Voyazides, Chris Beighton/Jon Finnemore and Richard Meins will start race one from fourth, fifth, sixth respectively, with David Hart's Ferrari 512M lining up in eighth place.

Race one from the Grand Prix Masters series begins at 2.15pm, with the first World Sportscar Masters at 3.40pm. There will also be action from both series tomorrow (Bank Holiday Monday) at 1.35pm and 3.05pm.

Grand Prix Masters, Brands Hatch GP, qualifying:
1. Rob Austin (Surtees TS29), 1m24.885s
2. Roger Wills (Williams FW05), +0.420s
3. Manfredo Rossi di Montelera (Brabham BT42), +0.432s
4. Richard Barber (Fittipaldi F5A), +0.716s
5. John Grant (Shadow DN9A), +1.300s
6. Nico Bindels (Lotus 87B), +1.347s
7. Steve Allen (Arrows A1), +1.461s
8. Richard Meins (McLaren M23/4), +1.638s

World Sportscar Masters, Brands Hatch GP, qualifying:
1. Oliver Bryans (Lotla T70 Mk3b), 1m31.455s
2. Richard Evans (Abarth PA01), +0.934s
3. Roger Wills (McLaren M1C), +1.605s
4. Jon Minshaw (Lola T70 Mk3b), +2.493s
5. Leo Voyazides (Lola T70 Mk3b), +2.506s
6. Beighton/Finnemore (Lola T70 Mk3b), +2.864s
7. Richard Meins (Lola T70 Mk3b), +3.484s
8. David Hart (Ferrari 512M), +4.099s

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on 30/31 May are available on the gate from £21 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.