Tandy triumphs at Donington!
AMMEL Race 2 – Donington Park
Steve Tandy made up for earlier disappointment by winning the second Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends race at Donington this afternoon.
Tandy’s Lola B12/60-Judd blasted in to the lead and asserted himself as his tyres and brakes came up to temperature. Behind, the two Russian-built BR chassis of Jack Dex and Shaun Lynn chased hard but Tandy was in uncompromising mood having lost a certain race one win to a confused safety car intervention.
This time, Tandy wasn’t to be denied. The experienced sports car and GT racer bolted way from Lynn but the gap rose steadily, even allowing for the traffic which Tandy caught early on. As the margin rose to over 18 seconds to Lynn, Shaun then came under attack from team-mate Dex who found a way past on lap 15 to move into second place and a class lead. Dex tried to catch the older Lola but Tandy was not ready to relax his pace.
Although the order shuffled on the pit stops, allowing race one winner Lynn a chance to lead the pack briefly, Tandy was back ahead when it counted, taking the win by 17.9sec. The ex-Dyson Racing Lola ran out the winner with 36 laps completed in the 40-minute duration.
The internecine BR battle went the way of Dex who was able to stave off race one winner Lynn after the pit stops, the margin between the pair being 26.9sec as Lynn dropped away in the second stint, while fourth was Mike Newton in his Le Mans class-winning MG Lola EX257. As in race one, the RML-tended car faded in the second stint, the 2004-built car giving away a decade to its rivals.
Class winners were Tandy, Dex and Mike Newton, while the GT classes fell to Phil Quaife (Ferrari 430GT2), Marcus Jewell/Ben Clucas (Porsche 911 RSR) and John Cockerton (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup).
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