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Stretton shines on Masters Historic Sunday at Brands Hatch

Sunday, May 28 2017

Martin Stretton claimed top honours on Masters Historic Festival Sunday at Brands Hatch today, with a composed victory in this afternoon's headline FIA Masters Historic Formula One race, behind the wheel of a Tyrrell 012, as raced in-period by Michele Alboreto and Danny Sullivan.

Following his dominant performance on Saturday, pole man Michael Lyons was the pre-race favourite, but it wasn't to be as misfortune struck both the Williams FW07B man and his father Frank in an ex-McLaren M26. Lyons' elimination from proceedings handed the lead to Stretton, and the experienced F1 campaigner never looked back.

It was far from plain sailing for the Tyrrell driver though, as the Arrows A4 of Steve Hartley set about a hot pursuit behind. Hartley was unable to get past, however, and any chances of a late pass for the win were blighted by a safety-car interruption following an off for Mark Hazell on the Grand Prix circuit. Nick Padmore completed the overall podium with a drive to third position in a Shadow DN5.

FIA Masters Historic F1, race two result

1, Martin Stretton, Tyrrell 012, 16 laps
2, Steve Hartley, Arrows A4, +0.669s
3, Nick Padmore, Shadow DN5, +1.302s
4, Simon Fish, Ensign N180, +2.917s
5, Christophe D'Ansembourg, +3.666s

Continuing the F1 theme, the day served as a celebration of Cosworth DFV power as the iconic engine turns 50 this year. Highlight cars included a Monaco Grand Prix-winning Lotus 49, and a McLaren M14A which was driven particularly well by some-time Le Mans racer Stuart Hall.

Aside from the F1 action, there was a busy programme with much more to be enjoyed, with a busy race programme which kicked off with the Stirling Moss Trophy for 1950s sports cars. Chris Ward was victorious in a Lister Costin, whilst the other '50s action of the day was supplied by the RAC Woodcote Trophy which was won by the Cooper T38 of Patrick Blakeney Edwards and Charles Gillett.

There were touring cars and stars in action too, with BTCC legend Steve Soper claiming a victory in the Masters Pre-'66 alongside Henry Mann in a Ford Mustang, whilst Mark Smith won the race for newer machines in a BMW M3 E30.

Another of the day's showpiece races was the FIA Masters Sports Cars one-hour endurance contest, which recreated the spirit of the old long-distance races at the Kent circuit. Victory went to Martin O'Connell onboard a Chevron B19 sports-racer.

Photo: Gary Hawkins

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