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Stretton and Aguas star on sunny Brands Hatch Masters Sunday

Sunday, May 27 2018

Victories for Martin Stretton in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and Rui Águas in the Masters Endurance Legends headlined a stunning day's action at the Masters Historic Festival on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit today (Sunday).

Stretton surged through the field in the reverse grid F1 race, climbing rapidly from seventh to first after finishing second in yesterday's race in his Tyrrell 012. Stretton controlled the race from the front to eventually finish 0.241s ahead of Saturday victor Nick Padmore (Williams FW07C) under safety car conditions.

Padmore applied constant pressure on Stretton in the final part of the race, but was denied the opportunity to narrow the gap an push for a second win of the event when the race was neutralised following an off for Mike Cantillon in another Williams. 

Simon Fish completed the F1 podium in his Ensign N180, with the Fittipaldi F5A of Max Smith-Hilliard in fourth, and Steve Hartley's Arrows A4 in fifth.

FIA Masters Historic F1 Result
1, M Stretton, Tyrrell 012, 16 laps
2, N Padmore, Williams FW07C, +0.241s
3, S Fish, Ensign N180, +0.463s
4, M Smith-Hilliard, Fittipaldi F5A, +1.113s
5, S Hartley, Arrows A4, +1.302s

Águas doubled up in the other marquee race of the day, claiming his second Masters Endurance Legends win in as many days behind the wheel of a Peugeot 908X Le Mans prototype. The former F3000 racer controlled much of the race, and was only briefly robbed of the lead due to a longer pit-stop.

The Portuguese driver eventually reclaimed the lead from the Lola B12/60 of Steve Tandy with a hanful of laps to go to claim victory by 9.738s. Martin Rich and Alex Kapadia completed the podium in thair Oreca 03 LMP2, picking up their second top-three finish of the weekend.

Masters Endurance Legends Result
1, R Águas, Peugeot 908X, 29 laps
2, S Tandy, Lola B12/60, +9.738s
3, Rich/Kapadia, Oreca 03 LMP2, +37.654s
4, M Short, Dallara SP1, +1 lap
5, R Meichtry, Oreca 03 LMP2, +1 lap

Other highlights of the day included a in impressive victory in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars for the Lola T70 of Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield, which charged from the back of the grid to first position. 

March drivers Dean Forward and Matthew Wrigley shared the spoils with a win each in the Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series. 

Away from the racing, the venue was abuzz with activity with the banks filled with spectators and classic display cars from awide range of manufacturers. 

The next major event at Brands Hatch is the all singing, all dancing American SpeedFest on 9-10 June, and there will be more historic action in just a few weekend's time with the Historic Sports Car Club's Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix.

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