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Cantillon converts pole to win in Zandvoort's first Masters Historic Formula One race

Cantillon converts pole to win in Zandvoort’s first Masters Historic Formula One race

Mike Cantillon produced an impeccable race to claim the first win of the weekend’s two Masters Historic Formula One races at Zandvoort. The Williams FW07C driver led from start to finish after fending off an early challenge by Marco Werner in the Lotus 77.

The German three-time Le Mans winner eventually dropped away from the leader but held on to second place and the pre-78 class win, despite race-long pressure by Steve Brooks’ Lotus 81 and Mark Hazell’s Williams FW08, Hazell in the process claiming post-83 class honours.

The top-four were a long way away from Jamie Constable (Shadow DN8) in fifth who after his mishaps in qualifying valiantly fought his way up from last on the grid. Marc Devis looked on course for sixth but the Belgian’s Surtees TS16 expired on the final tour, handing the place to Andrew Beaumont’s Lotus 76.

After a troublefree start, Cantillon had his work cut out keeping Werner at bay, while Hazell kept ahead of Brooks – but further back, the Cosworth in the back of Patrick d’Aubréby’s March 761 let go on the opening lap. The drama wasn’t over yet, as Christophe d’Ansembourg’s Brabham BT49 disappeared from third while Ron Maydon had to pit his Lec CRP1 with a broken clutch.

After the oil from d’Aubréry’s demise was cleared, the safety car made way for the race to recommence on lap 4. On the restart, Brooks pipped Hazell for third, while Constable who had started from last on the grid in his Shadow DN8 was already up into sixth, chasing Hallau’s Theodore N183. Devis was seventh in the Surtees TS16, followed by Andrew Beaumont’s Lotus 76.

At the front, Cantillon had opened up a 2.3-second gap by lap 7. Werner held a similar advantage on Brooks who in turn led Hazell by 1.6 seconds. Constable had now moved up into fifth as Hallau spun out in the daunting Scheivlak corner at the back of the circuit.

Two laps on, Cantillon’s lead was up to 5 seconds. As Werner dropped away from the leader, Brooks began closing on the older Lotus in front, with Hazell in turn starting to put pressure on Brooks. In fifth, Constable was now half a minute away from the lead, the Shadow driver having some 8 seconds in hand on Marc Devis in the Surtees. Beaumont in the Lotus 76 was a lonely seventh, well ahead of Steve Farthing in the guesting F5000 Lola T332, with Paul Tattersall in the Ensign N179 in ninth.

With three minutes left on the clock, Cantillon punched in the fastest lap of the race to put victory beyond doubt, while Werner used the final laps to slowly ease away from Brooks and Hazell. Well behind the top-four, Constable momentarily lost fifth to Devis, only to claw it back from the Surtees going into the final lap. To make matters worse for the Belgian, Devis pulled off in no-name corner to hand a last-gasp sixth to Beaumont. The Surtees’ downfall also helped Farthing and Tattersall to move up a spot while d’Ansembourg recuperated to ninth.


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