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Sunday 12th June 2022

Tandy wins first Masters Endurance Legends race at Red Bull Ring as Frieser trips up

Steve Tandy took a comfortable win in the first of two Masters Endurance Legends races at the Red Bull Ring after his Peugeot 90X was embroiled in an entertaining lead fight with Keith Frieser’s Zytek 09S for the first half of the race, the Briton and the Canadian switching places several times. However, when Frieser dropped the ball on his in-lap preceding his mandatory stop, Tandy was left alone out in front to win by 56 seconds.

Marco Werner in the P2-class-winning Lola-Lotus B12/80 inherited second after Frieser’s spin, but the Canadian in the Zytek fought back valiantly to reclaim his spot two laps from the end. Another stellar recovery drive was produced by Christophe d’Ansembourg, who dropped to dead last on lap 2 but charged all the way up to snatch a fighting fourth place.

Rick Carlino and Aaron Scott prevailed in the P3 class, their ORECA LMPC10 finishing fifth overall to beat the Ligier JSP3-15s of Stephan Joebstl/Andy Willis and Ron Maydon. Putting himself in between the P3 class runners, Timo Scheibner bagged a dominant GT class win by taking sixth overall in his Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3. In ninth and tenth overall respectively, Jason Wright (Ferrari 458 GT3) and Bob Blain (Aston Martin DBR9 GT1) netted the two remaining steps on the GT podium.

The sun was out in full force for the first of two Masters Endurance Legends races on the day, as Steve Tandy led away from Frieser, d’Ansembourg, Werner, and Scheibner in the leading GT car, as poleman Michel Frey’s Lola B07/18 dramatically was forced to pull off on the green-flag lap. Sadly, the Steve Brooks/Martin O’Connell Lola B12/60 and Matteo Marateotto’s Lola B06/10 were withdrawals before the start of the race.

Within three laps, Tandy’s Peugeot 90X was up three seconds on Frieser in the Zytek 09S, but d’Ansembourg had disappeared from third place, the Lola-Aston Martin DBR1/2 dropping down to last place. This moved Werner up to third, followed by Schneibner’s incredibly quick Vantage V12, while Rick Carlino led Ron Maydon and Stephan Joebstl in the P3 race, the ORECA LMPC10 and the two Ligier JSP3-15s running fifth, sixth and seventh, ahead of Jason Wright’s Ferrari 458 GT3, Alexander Lienau’s Vantage V12 and Gianluca Candiani in the Lucchini SR2. Nick Padmore in Scooter Gabel’s BMW M3 GTR soon saw d’Ansembourg fly back past while Mike Furness continued his troublesome weekend with a long pitstop that saw him emerge dead last, two laps down on the leader. The Courage was soon back in the pits, though.

On lap 6, however, the lead changed hands to Frieser, as Tandy had dropped the ball and was now trailing the Canadian by eight seconds. The two had left Werner behind by eight seconds, while Scheibner circulated in fourth, 44 seconds behind his countryman in the Lola-Lotus LMP2 car.

On the brink of the pit window, Frieser led by four seconds but was now matching Tandy’s lap times, with Werner a further 12 seconds behind the Peugeot, the German being the first to pit, followed in by Carlino (with Aaron Scott waiting for him), Joebstl (who would hand over to Andy Willis) and Bob Blain in the Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 car. All this helped the recovering d’Ansembourg up to fifth place but the Belgian was in on the next lap, while the rest continued for one more time – or two times.

The three leading GT cars of Scheibner, Wright and Lienau all came in on lap 14, joined by Candiani, while the two cars in front – still out there – switched places going into lap 15, Tandy now back into the lead. The end of the pit window approaching, Frieser bailed out on lap 15, followed by Tandy on lap 16 – which was the final opportunity to do so. Meanwhile, Maydon had done his stop on lap 15 with Nick Padmore handing over to Scooter Gabel on the next lap.

After the pitstops had panned out, Tandy remained in the lead but a spin by Frieser on his in-lap had helped Werner up into second place – and with that spin, the lead fight had gone up into thin air. Tandy now led Werner by a comfortable 50 seconds, with Frieser down to third, 16 seconds behind the German. D’Ansembourg had continued his fightback and was up into fourth, at the cost of Scheibner, who still led the GT class with ease. Scott was sixth and at the top of the P3 class battle, 17 seconds away from Maydon, and 27 from Willis. Wright was ninth and second in GTs, with Candiani rounding out the top ten. Further back, Blain had passed Lienau for third place in the GT class.

As the clock ticked away towards the end, Tandy silently swooshed to a win by a minute, but it wasn’t over Werner’s P2-class-winning Lola-Lotus B12/80, as Frieser did enough to pip the German on the penultimate lap and reclaim second. D’Ansembourg finished a distant fourth, while Aaron Scott in the ORECA LMPC10 moved ahead of GT winner Timo Scheibner’s Vantage V12 to take fifth overall and the P3 class win for himself and Rick Carlino. Behind Scheibner, and a lap down, the Ligier JSP3-15s of Joebstl/Willis and Maydon took second and third in P3, with Jason Wright’s 458 GT3 coming home second in the GT class, with Bob Blain’s DBR9 completing the top ten and taking third in the GTs.



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