The sights and sounds of 1960s GT cars gave Formula 1® fans a real treat at Silverstone, as two Masters GT Challenge races took to the track in front of a huge returning crowd for the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2021.
Julian Thomas was the star of the Masters GT Challenge qualifying session at Silverstone today in his Shelby Daytona Cobra, blitzing the opposition in the 30-minute session.
Thomas did a best lap of 2m25.424s, nearly two seconds quicker than the next best Daytona Cobra of Andrew Jordan who suffered with traffic on many of his quick laps but whose commitment was immense, the car sideways as AJ danced it around the 5.9 kilometre circuit.
Third fastest was James Cotingham’s AC Cobra which was another regular sideways as Cottigham wrung every tenth out of the car, but ultimately was pushed off the front row by Jordan. Fourth was John Davison who topped the TVR Griffith battle ahead of John Spiers, while John Pearson was the best of the Jaguar E-type runners in sixth.
Roy Alderslade pushed on to seventh in his Daytona Cobra, while Peter Thompson’s TVR Griifith took eighth from Ben Short’s distinctive bright blue Aston Martin DP214 and the next-best E-type of Mark Donner.
An inspired Eddie Powell took his Lotus Elan to the top time in the CLP class and 13th overall, while Jeremy Welch topped C2 in his Austin Healey 3000 and, after a spin, Billy Bellinger headed C1 in Keith Ahlers’s Morgan +4.
Others drawing attention to their efforts included a spectacular Alasdair Coates (Ford Shelby Mustang GT350) and Nick Naismith whose Aston Martin DB4GT had a flapping bonnet forcing a pit stop. Ross Hyett suffered a dropped cylinder in his Lotus Elan 26R but aims to be out for race one tomorrow afternoon.