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Águas wins first Masters Endurance Legends race at Brands

Saturday, May 26 2018

Portuguese former Le Mans racer Rui Águas won the first Masters Endurance Legends race at Brands Hatch this afternoon, as the Masters Historic Festival kicked off with plenty of splendour on the legendary Grand Prix circuit.

Águas was driving a Peugeot 908X LMP1 car, as raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours race, and charged through the back following a mid-race safety car to take the win. After leading during the opening stages, the Peugeot driver dropped back into the pack following the neutralisation before storming back through to give the 908 a win on its Brands Hatch debut. 

Second place in the Kent circuit's maiden Masters Endurance Legends race went to the Oreca 03 LMP2 of Martin Rich and Alex Kapadia, with Steve Tandy completing the overall podium in his Lola B12/60.

The 40-minute sports car race was followed by a truncated blast from the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship which was brought to a premature halt following an incident involving Japanese racer Katsu Kubota in his Lotus 91/7.

Kubota was scrapping for sixth place with Steve Boultbee Brooks's Lotus 81 when the two collided at Druids. Kubota was OK after his incident, but it was deemed severe enough to end the race early with Nick Padmore (Williams FW07C) the winner from Martin Stretton (Tyrrell 012).

Other highlights of the day included a full qualifying programme to set the scene for tomrrow's (Sunday) busy race schedule. There will be eight further races throughout Sunday, including an additional outing for both the Masters Endurance Legends and Historic F1 cars.

Sunday's line-up will also include two Historic F2 races, a Masters Pre066 Touring Cars race, two outings for the Dutch-based Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge, and an hour-long FIA Masters Sports Cars epic. 

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on Sunday 27 May are available on the gate for £28 with free entry for under-13s.