Cantillon at the Double!
FIA Masters Historic Formula One – Race 2, Donington Park
Mike Cantillon scored a double in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship at Donington Park by securing honours in the second race of the weekend. As in the opening race the previous day, Cantillon didn’t have it easy.
In an excellent race, Steve Brooks (Lotus 81) led away from pole position on the semi-reversed grid, with Michael Lyons (Hesketh 308E) slotting into second ahead of Cantillon’s Williams and Steve Hartley (McLaren MP4/1). Lyons relieved Brooks of the lead on lap three and the Hesketh then started to edge away as Brooks fended off Cantillon and Hartley.
The Williams/McLaren duel moved ahead a lap later but Lyons was flying, building his gap to over 3.5sec over Cantillon who in turn had the constant shadow of Hartley behind him. As the older Hesketh started to lose its edge, so Cantillon closed. Slashing the gap, the ex-Carlos Reutemann Williams was on the tail of Lyons by lap eight, but the Hesketh driver wasn’t giving up without a fight. Lyons defended valiantly, until lap 15 when Cantillon finally breached his defences and stormed past. Hartley pounced as well, the ex-John Watson McLaren moving ahead and the experienced F1 racer desperately trying to move past Cantillon for the lead. He was never quite able to do it but the pair made a stirring sight as they ran nose to tail to the end of the 24-lap race.
Lyons had to content himself with a class-winning third with Brooks taking fourth spot with Mark Hazell (Williams FW08C) coming home a distant fifth. Triple Le Mans winner Marco Werner, on his Masters Historic Racing debut, brought his ex-Gunnar Nilsson Lotus 77 home in sixth place, hitting trouble right at the end of the race which allowed Hazell ahead. Matthew Wrigley (March 721 G) netted seventh and Jamie Constable’s Shadow DN8 recovered from engine woes in race one to take eighth place.
Class honours went to Cantillon (Head), Lyons (Fittipaldi), Hazell (Lauda) and Wrigley (Stewart).
The next race for the Masters Historic Formula One is at Brands Hatch on August 22/23.
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