22 October 2023
Cal Meeker made it two wins out of two at Masters Historic Racing at the Circuit of the Americas after prevailing in a thrilling duel against Mike Cantillon

Cal Meeker made it two wins out of two at Masters Historic Racing at the Circuit of the Americas after prevailing in a thrilling duel against Mike Cantillon.

Race 1 victor Meeker led away as the mist rolled through COTA early on Sunday morning, while Cantillon swiftly worked his way into second place after starting from fourth. Cantillon’s Williams FW08 remained glued to Meeker’s Tyrrell 009 and, mid-way through the race, lunged for the lead into Turn 12, but it was Meeker who emerged still ahead. The pair began the final lap separated by just a tenth of a second, and had to contend with lapped traffic, with Cantillon prising the lead into the Turn 11 hairpin.

Meeker swiftly counteracted and the duo ran side-by-side along the back straight and the Canadian grabbed the inside line and with it re-took the lead. Meeker preserved his advantage across the remainder of the 11th and final lap to make it back-to-back victories, with Cantillon following him across the line in second.

Charles Nearburg captured third place in his Williams FW07C while Lotus 91 driver Steve Brooks took fourth, and Carlos de Quesada (McLaren M26) held off Danny Baker (McLaren M23) by just three-tenths of a second in the scrap for fifth place.

Kirt Bennett (Shadow DN5) beat Gray Gregory (March 761) to seventh place, while Bud Moeller (Williams FW08) and Richard Griot (March 741) rounded out the top 10.

In the Formula Atlantic class Bill Cord made an early move on Todd Willing into Turn 12 to move into the lead, and kept his Chevron B39 ahead across the remaining laps. Willing nonetheless kept Cord honest and the pair crossed the line split by just 1.1s, with Kyle Buxton taking third place in class.