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Oliver Bryant secures emphatic World Sportscar Masters win

Monday, May 31 2010

Oliver Bryant dominated the weekends second World Sportscar Masters race on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, winning by over 25 seconds from Steve Tandy in second place, with Richard Meins third.

There was early drama as pole sitter and yesterdays winner Richard Evans driving an Abarth PA01 spun out at Paddock Hill Bend on the first lap, with what was later revealed to be a broken gear lever, pitting into retirement shortly after.
That elevated Bryant to the front where he would stay for the remainder of the race.

His lead at the end of the first lap was almost two-and-a-half seconds, and was over ten seconds ahead after five laps, setting a string of fastest laps in the early stages.

With such an advantage, Bryant was able to ease off slightly and cruise to the flag almost 25 seconds ahead of the battling Lola T70s of Tandy and Meins.

Roger Wills driving a McLaren M1C, competing in his fifth race of the day looked set to challenge the top three, at some stages lapping quicker than everyone bar the top two, but he was unable to keep up the challenge and settled for fourth place.

Tandy and Meins continued their on track battling from yesterday and had an entertaining scrap in the final stages, separated by less than half a second with five laps remaining. With two to go, and Meins set to mount a challenge, they encountered traffic, enabling Tandy to secure second place.

Meanwhile Leo Voyazides who started the race from the 11th row of the grid in his Lola T70 had a storming drive, rising to fifth by the chequered flag.

Andrew Middleton, who finished eighth yesterday was an early retirement, pitting on lap five with a gearbox problem, while Richard Lynn retired from seventh on lap 15.

Jon Finnemores Lola T70 finished sixth, Bob Houghtons Lola T210 seventh, with Tim Cousins Chevron B23 eighth. Stephen Doyles Lola T212 and Roberto Farnetis Chevron B16 rounded out the top ten.

World Sportscar Masters, Brands Hatch GP, race one:
1. Oliver Bryant (Lola T70 Mk3b), 16 laps
2. Steve Tandy (Lola T70 Mk3b), +24.917s
3. Richard Meins (Lola T70 Mk3b), +25.772s
4. Roger Wills (McLaren M1C), +30.328s
5. Leo Voyazides (Lola T70 Mk3b), +43.698s
6. Jon Finnemore (Lola T70 Mk3b), +46.602s
7. Bob Houghton (Lola T210), +1m23.856s
8. Tim Cousins (Chevron B23), +1 lap
9. Stephen Doyle (Lola T212), +1 lap
10. Roberto Farneti (Chevron B16), +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.