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Lyons masters opening FIA Historic Formula 1 race at Brands Hatch

Sunday, May 26 2013

Pre-race favourite Michael Lyons proved to be the benchmark of Historic F1 at Brands Hatch once again on day two of the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch today (Sunday). The race headlined a packed programme of historic races, with two F1 races, demonstration runs and sportscar, saloon and GT action.

Lyons dominated the first part of the FIA Masters Formula One Championship race in his RAM-liveried Williams FW07. Starting from pole position, he was never headed, and held an advantage of over 30 seconds after the 17 lap distance.

The leader's progress was briefly arrested by an early safety car intervention, allowing Simon Fish to catch up in his Ensign. However he spent the remaining laps watching his mirrors from the following Tyrrell of Ian Simmonds. The Lotus 76 of Andrew Beaumont won the class for pre-1978 machinery, despite losing out on fourth place on the last lap to the Williams of Mike Wrigley.

FIA Masters Historic Formula One Race One
1, Michael Lyons, RAM Williams FW07, 17 Laps
2, Simon Fish, Ensign N180, +31.181s
3, Ian Simmonds, Tyrrell 012, +32.962s
4, Mike Wrigley, Williams FW07B, +52.570s
5, Andrew Beaumont, Lotus 76/1, +53.153s
6, Gregory Thornton, Lotus 92/5, +53.512s

Later on the previous era of Grand Prix machinery put on a stunning display with a three-way battle for the lead. Front row starter Miles Griffiths led for a while in his Cooper T51 before running wide at Clearways and letting through the Lotus 18/21 of Peter Horsman and the Cooper T53 of Jonathon Hughes. Griffiths later salvaged second from Hughes as the trio crossed the line together.

Hughes also featured in the Lurani Trophy race for Formula Junior cars, but despite applying early pressure to David Methley, he was unable to prevent his rival from taking the win.

Anthony Reid battled with Dan Cox in a tense Pre-66 Touring Car encounter, after the Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield Ford Falcon pitted from the lead after a safety car period. The former BTCC winner took the lead late on in the Alan Mann Falcon, which he shared with the late team owner's son Henry.

Voyazides and Hadfield took some consolation with pole position for tomorrow's FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race, following on from their round one win at Barcelona.

The day ended with the 70s Celebration race, in which Manfredo Rossi di Montelera's Porsche 935 was hassled by an aggressively-driven Sunbeam Tiger of Jon Finnemore. After this challenge faltered, the Cologne Capri of Chris Ward and John Young powered into the lead. However the Porsche regained the lead until the last lap, when it slowed, handing the win to the Capri, with the Tiger in second place.

There were also lunchtime demonstration runs from V12-powered Ferrari and BRM F1 cars, which are also scheduled to appear tomorrow, for the final day of the Masters Historic Festival.

A full entry list for the event can be viewed here and a timetable can be downloaded here.

Tickets for the final day of the Masters Festival at Brands Hatch are available from £22 on the gate, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.