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Tin top extravaganza launches Masters Historic Festival

Saturday, May 29 2010

The Masters Historic Festival got underway at Brands Hatch on Saturday with a celebration of classic GT and Touring Cars on the Indy circuit.

The three day event began with a qualifying session for the Cloth Cap event for pre-1966 GT cars, which was also the festival's first race in the afternoon. Opening honours went to the AC Cobra of Shaun Lyn, who led home Andrew Haddon's Jaguar E-Type in second place and the Lotus Elan of Roberto Giordanelli in third.

In the Oldies but Goldies contest for pre-1960 GT and Touring Cars, Mike Wrigley's Austin A35 emerged victorious following an exciting race that was led by four different cars. Mark Daniell's Austin A40 finished second ahead of former Grand Prix driver Jackie Oliver in a Ford 107E.

The Pre-66 Minis - a new series launched by the Masters Series in 2010 - provided some of the days racing highlights, with veteran racer Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams demonstrating impressive driving skills in the wet on his way to third place alongside Masters Series director Ron Maydon. Overall honours went to the Austin Cooper S of Roger Wills and Will Scriber.

The Tice/Conoley BMW 2002 triumphed in the Stars of the 70s series for pre-1975 GT and Touring Cars, whilst Patrick Watts' Ford Mustang won the Pre-66 Touring Cars contest.

The first day of the Masters Historic Festival concluded with a second 20 minute outing from the Oldies but Goldies series, in which race one winner Mike Wrigley clinched his second victory of the day.

On Sunday and Monday the festival moves over to the Grand Prix circuit for a packed programme of racing including the first appearance this weekend by the Grand Prix Masters series for 1970s and early 80s F1 cars.

There will also be action from the stunning World Sportscar Masters series, which will feature heart pounding classic machinery from marques including Ferrari, Lola and Chevron.

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