Cantillon corners Zandvoort double with second Masters Historic Formula One win
Despite starting fourth on the reversed grid, Mike Cantillon made no prisoners on his way to a dominant victory in the second Masters Historic Formula One race at Zandvoort. The Williams FW07C driver hit the front on lap 3 before disappearing into the distance.
Steve Brooks was on course to take second in his Lotus 81 but a spin while braking for Tarzan corner allowed Marco Werner (Lotus 77) and Mark Hazell (Williams FW08) to claim the remaining spots on the podium. The German passed poleman Hazell on lap 9 before gaining another position with the help of Brooks’ unfortunate spin. Werner and Hazell also took the pre-78 and post-83 class wins respectively.
Christophe d’Ansembourg (Brabham BT49C) looked set to take fourth ahead of Brooks but dropped down to eighth with two laps to go. This handed fifth back to Jamie Constable (Shadow DN8), who also lifted second place in the pre-78 class. In sixth, Georg Hallau (Theodore N183) took second in the post-83 class while keeping Marc Devis at bay, the Belgian crossing the line third of the pre-78 runners.
Cantillon was on the move as soon as the lights went out. Picking off one car per lap, Saturday’s winner was third after the opening lap, second after two laps and into the lead as lap 3 was completed. Setting a scorching pace with laptimes in the low 1.33s, the Williams driver then opened up a three-second gap to Steve Brooks who had outbraked polesitter Mark Hazell into Tarzan at the start of lap 4. Hazell then had to look in his mirrors as Marco Werner was ready to pounce in the pre-78 class-leading Lotus 77.
Behind the top-four, Christophe d’Ansembourg made his way up to fifth, having started ninth in his Brabham BT49C, but he was trailing Werner by ten seconds. The Belgian’s progress had pushed back Jamie Constable’s Shadow DN8 down to sixth while Georg Hallau’s Theodore N183 was another car on the move – from the back of the grid, the German was seventh ahead of Marc Devis in the Surtees TS16 and Andrew Beaumont in the Lotus 76. Meanwhile in tenth overall, Steve Farthing held his own in the guesting F5000 Lola T332.
At the front, Cantillon was down into the 1.32s, leaving Brooks to trail by 12 seconds, as Werner nipped past Hazell to snatch third. Going into lap 10, however, Brooks dropped it braking into Tarzan. By the time he got his Lotus 81 going again, 20 seconds had gone, and not just Werner and Hazell but even d’Ansembourg profited to demote Brooks down to fifth.
Towards the end, the Irish Williams driver eased his pace but even then walked further away from Werner, securing his second victory of the weekend after 16 dominant laps. 24 and 35 seconds down on the leader, Werner and Hazell completed the podium, taking pre-78 and post-83 class wins respectively. They were followed home by the hapless Brooks, with Constable taking second in the pre-78 class in fifth. D’Ansembourg, however, dropped down to eighth on the penultimate lap, as Hallau narrowly held off Devis for sixth.
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