Hartley goes two for two in second Masters Historic Formula One race at Brands
Steve Hartley remained unbeaten in Masters Historic Formula One at Brands Hatch when from fourth on the reversed grid his McLaren MP4/1 took the lead on lap 5 of the 18-lap race to also claim victory in the second race of the weekend.
Putting up a fighting race, Lukas Halusa brushed past Warren Briggs’ McLaren M29 and then also squeezed past Mark Hazell’s pole-sitting Williams FW08 to get his hands on a strong second place in his pre-78-class-winning McLaren M23. Hazell and Briggs went on to take third and fourth respectively.
Hazell, meanwhile, claimed post-82 class honours ahead of Ian Simmonds whose Tyrrell 012 finished fifth overall ahead of Phil Hall (Theodore TR1), Mark Harrison (Shadow DN9) and the Tyrrell P34 sixwheeler raced by Jonathan Holtzman.
With the top-four from Saturday reversed on Sunday’s grid, Hazell led away from Briggs, Halusa and race-one winner Hartley, who was past Briggs around the back of the circuit after Halusa had already passed the Kiwi out of Surtees. Simmonds was fifth and Devis sixth ahead of Ken Tyrrell in the Tyrrell 011, while Chris Perkins in the Surtees TS14 was the race’s first retirement.
Three laps into the 25-minute race, Hazell still held on from Halusa and Hartley as the trio dropped Briggs. Then Hartley pounced, again between Hawthorns and Westfield, to remove Halusa from second place. Hazell wasn’t giving up lightly, though, as the Welshman hung on into lap 5, Hartley sweeping past into the lead at Surtees. Then, still recovering from the disappointment, Hazell lost second place too.
Meanwhile, both Devis and Tyrrell retired their cars to the pits, the Belgian with steering issues and the American’s car stuck in gear. This left Simmonds in no man’s land in fifth, with Phil Hall’s Theodore TR1 moving up into fifth – and second in the pre-78 class. Next up were Neil Glover in the Arrows A5, Mark Harrison in the Shadow DN9 and Jonathan Holtzman in the Tyrrell P34 sixwheeler.
At the front, Hartley had opened up a 7-second gap by lap 8, in the process pumping in fastest lap of the race, while Halusa still held off Hazell and Briggs. Three laps later, and more fastest race laps in the bag, Hartley’s lead had increased to 15 seconds. Still not hanging about, ‘The Jam Baron’ then further lowered his best, resulting in a 20-second lead over the Austrian in second place, as the gaps between Halusa, Hazell and Briggs increased to three seconds each.
Further back, Harrison moved up into seventh as Neil Glover picked up a puncture. Initially, Glover attempted to bring the Arrows home but then wisely decided to park it on the inside of Stirlings.
18 laps completed, Hartley made it two out of two on the weekend, adding to his two poles and second places at Donington Park. Lukas Halusa finished second, 22 seconds down, and the pre-78 class winner, having dropped post-82 class winner Hazell by five seconds and Briggs by eight. Simmonds was fifth ahead of Hall, Harrison and Holtzman.
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