Silverstone, UK

Support Race to FORMULA 1 PIRELLI BRITISH GRAND PRIX, 12 – 14 July 2019

Kubota and Davison share the Spoils at Exciting British Grand Prix, Silverstone!

Katsu Kubota (Lotus 91) and James Davison (Lotus 81) took a win a piece, in the Masters Historic Formula One races supporting the sold-out British Grand Prix this last weekend.

RACE REPORTS

Race 1
Kubota beats Hartley to triumph at Silverstone.

Katsuaki Kubota claimed a stunning victory during an enthralling Masters Historic Formula One race in support of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Saturday.

Practice and qualifying pacesetter James Davison led away from pole position but a suspected broken drive shaft in the Lotus 81 forced him to pull to the side of the track after just two laps. That elevated Steve Hartley’s McLaren MP4/1 into the lead but he faced sustained pressure from Lotus 91/7 racer Kubota through the closing stages.

Kubota lit up the timing screens by posting the fastest time on the penultimate lap and when the chequered flag flew it was the Japanese racer who greeted it first, working his way past Hartley on the last lap of the 25-minute encounter.

Hartley trailed by just seven-tenths of a second while ex-F1 driver Jean-Denis Deletraz filled the podium places after a stirring drive aboard the ATS D4.

Fourth place was the reward for Jordan Grogor and the Arrows A3 while the Fittipaldi class was led by Henry Fletcher in the March 761.

Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011) and Warren Briggs (McLaren M29) were sixth and seventh respectively, while eighth overall went to sole Lauda class representative Ian Simmonds in the Bennetton-liveried Tyrrell 012.
Jonathan Holtzman’s Lotus 87B and Fittipaldi class runner-up Nicky Pastorelli (March 761) were the final drivers to occupy a spot in the top 10.

The Stewart class was won by David Shaw, driving the Eiffelland March 721, after early leader Adrian Newey span, along with Mark Martin (Hesketh 308), bringing out the Safety Car.

Newey was able to re-join the action and classified just 1.7 seconds behind his opponent as he took runner-up in class.

Masters Historic Formula One will be back in action later on Saturday for its second 25-minute race, scheduled for 18:10 local time.

Race 2
Davison rises to cap weekend in style.

James Davison completed a remarkable comeback as he rose from 17th on the grid to take victory in the second Masters Historic Formula One race at Silverstone.

The reversed-grid encounter, running in support of the British Grand Prix, started with practice and qualifying pacesetter Davison down in 17th after a broken drive shaft halted his charge in Race 1.

Davison quickly worked his way into the reckoning after just a handful of laps and gained more spots when early leader Jamie Constable encountered trouble after a wheel broke.

Constable held a slender advantage but his race came to a premature end when his Tyrrell 011 found itself in the gravel at the final corner, bringing out the Safety Car.

At the restart Davison surged into the lead and he combatted a threat from Jean-Denis Deletraz by setting the fastest lap on the last of 11 laps, winning by 3.6 seconds.

Ex-F1 racer Deletraz prevailed in a close three-way battle for second place as his ATS D4 edged Race 1 winner Katsuaki Kubota (Lotus 91/7) by just three-tenths of a second, with Steve Hartley (McLaren MP4/1) a fraction behind in fourth spot.

Henry Fletcher spearheaded the Fittipaldi category in fifth place overall, with Warren Briggs (McLaren M29) and Fittipaldi runner-up Gregor Fisken (Shadow DN5) next up.

David Shaw made it two wins out of two in the Stewart division as he beat Red Bull F1 design guru Adrian Newey by 1.5s, the March 721 pilot once again crossing the line clear of the Lotus 49.

Sole Lauda class entrant Ian Simmonds ran competitively early on but his race came to a halt during the closing stages as he stopped on track in the final sector.