Silverstone, UK

Support Race to FORMULA 1 PIRELLI BRITISH GRAND PRIX, 15 – 18 July 2021

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.

RACE REPORTS

Race 1
Julian Thomas was a dominant winner of the opening Masters GT Challenge race at the PIRELLI FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX as he pulled out a 16-second lead over the opposition.

Thomas (Shelby Daytona Cobra) started from pole but was mugged by the similar car of 2013 British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan off the line and it was AJ who led the opening lap with Thomas crawling all over him.

Eventually the inevitable happened with Thomas storming past at Copse Corner on lap two. Once clear, Julian built the lead as Jordan had to settle for second while James Cottingham (Shelby Cobra) was a lonely third but doing his utmost to keep on the tail of Jordan.

Behind, a great fight raged for fourth between the TVR Griffiths of John Davison and John Spiers. Davison led the first two-thirds before Spiers arrowed in and moved through to fourth. However, Davison never gave up and stayed within three-tenths of a second behind to the chequered flag.

Matthew Wrigley (Jaguar E-type) hung on to sixth place despite constant pressure from Ben Short (Aston Martin DP214) and Jonathan Mitchell’s E-type. Short passed Wrigley at Brooklands but ran wide and lost the spot, Mitchell moving past before the end.

Ninth went to the E-type of Chris Lillingston-Price while 10th was the spectacular Roy Alderslade (Daytona Cobra) who had a couple of excursions, a flapping driver’s door and a spin to contend with, but he hung on to become a fan favourite!

Rob Fenn (Lotus Elan), Jeremy Welch (Austin Healey 3000M) and Mark Sumpter (Porsche 911) were all class winners with race two taking today’s race result as the grid. The cars will blast away on Grand Prix day at 0935.

Race 2
James Cottingham triumphed in a superb Masters GT Challenge race that kicked off Grand Prix day at Silverstone after Julian Thomas and Andrew Jordan tangled when vying for the lead on the last lap.

Jordan (AC Cobra Daytona Coupe) made a demon start to lead the pack in to Abbey for the first time with Julian Thomas (Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe) breathing down his neck. Thomas tried to grab the lead repeatedly and each time drifted wide and Jordan nipped back ached, but by lap eight finally made a move stick and assumed the lead.

Jordan applied plenty of pressure, flashing his headlights as well to distract the leader, and forced a couple of tiny error out of Thomas. Jordan made one last charge and drew level with Thomas approaching Stowe for the last time, both braking as late as they dares. Jordan needed to brake later and as he did, the car started to lose traction and slid slightly, just clipping Thomas who was turning into Stowe and causing both to spin. Thomas recovered ahead of Jordan but James Cottingham (Shelby Cobra) moved into the lead to take a surprise win, while John Davison (TVR Griffith) took second ahead of the similar car of John Spiers.

Thomas and Jordan crossed the line fourth and fifth while sixth went to Matthew Wrigley (Jaguar E-type). Class wins went to Cottingham, Eddie Powell who hauled his Lotus Elan up from the rear of the grid, Jeremy Welch (Austin Healey 3000) and Billy Bellinger (Morgan 4/4).