National reports: Brands Hatch; Pembrey; Snetterton; Oulton Park
Tom Bradshaw’s stirring Classic Formula 3 victory, from the back of Sunday’s 27-strong amalgam of British and French competitors, was deservedly the talk of the Historic Sports Car Club’s swelteringly hot Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix.
An electrical short circuit had silenced the ex-thierry Tassin Argo JM6’S Toyota engine on Saturday, but the blinding consistency and breathtaking corner-speed carried by Bradshaw – the 2008 Formula Palmer Audi runner-up – elevated it to
13th on lap one and the lead within eight laps. “I had to be patient working my way through, but the car was stunning. It never missed a beat,” he said.
David Shaw (ex-nelson Piquet Ralt RT1) won the bizarre opener. “I’ve never known a race like it,” he said. “I started sixth, the chap in front of me bogged down, Fred [Rouvier, Martini MK31] spun at Paddock, and by the second corner I was leading.”
Ian Jacobs (Ralt RT3) and Simon Jackson (Chevron B43), plus Keith White (RT1), Pat Gormley (Safir) and Paul Smith (Ralt-vw RT3) chased Shaw. Rouvier recovered superbly from 25th to eighth.
Bradshaw rocketed up Sunday’s lap chart, diligently hunting down leaders Jackson and Jacobs before slicing ahead into Surtees. Thereafter he was gone, and his best lap of 1m31.908s (95.30mph) proved peerless. Jacobs and Jackson joined Bradshaw on the overall podium, with Rouvier next home.
Great Britain’s B team, led by Andrew Hibberd and Michael Scott who finished one-two in Sunday’s decider, claimed the Historic F3 Nations Cup, which Hibberd’s Brabham BT18 won with Chris Irwin up in 1966. Jon Milicevic, who beat Steve Smith on Saturday after fuel vaporisation slowed Hibberd, retired from their Sunday duel when a broken rocker ended his 2018 win streak at seven races. Christoph Widmer buckled a corner of his Brabham, having arrived brakeless at Clark Curve on Saturday, but the 1000cc fraternity eagerly helped him repair it and shared his joy at third on Sunday.
Geraint Owen took a mighty HGPCA Pre-’61 double in his Kurtis-offenhauser ‘Merz Engineering Special’. Owen shook off Rod Jolley (Lister-jaguar ‘Monzanapolis’) on Saturday, but Will Nuthall’s extraordinary Sunday drive in the ex-peter Whitehead/ Martin Grant Peterkin Alta F2 forced
Owen to “use more revs”.
Once Peter Horsman had spun his Lotus 18/22 at Druids on Saturday – presaging a tigerish recovery to second – and stopped when a stone jammed its throttle open the following day, Jon Fairley (Brabham BT11/19) was uncatchable in the Pre-’66 set. Mark Daniell (ex-alec Mildren Cooper T45) kept him honest in race two, finishing ahead of Chris Drake (Gerard Racing Cooper T73).
Michael Lyons blasted to another stylish Derek Bell Trophy double in his F5000 Lola T400, but Mark Charteris’s endeavours to rob Neil Glover (Chevron B37) and Greg Thornton (Surtees TS11) to prevent a V8 clean sweep in his F2 March-bdg 742 thrilled onlookers. Charteris made it onto the podium, behind Thornton, on Sunday. Matt Wrigley (March 79B) aced the promising Fatlantic revival’s debut.
In Saturday’s Pre-’80 Endurance race,
John Burton, 76, (European 2-litre sportscar championship runner-up in 1972 and ’73 in Chevrons) screamed his Bdg-powered B26 to victory over the massive Marchchevrolet 717 of Nick Adams. John Spiers (Osella-bmw PA3) wrested second from Kevin Cooke (March-bdg 75S) in Sunday’s best tussle, but couldn’t catch Burton, who improved his best lap to 1m30.061s.
Led briefly by John Harrison, Charteris shattered the 1m30s barrier in a four-lap Classic Clubmans sprint, following a nasty incident on Brabham Straight in which
Mike Lane’s Mallock came to rest atop Dave Wale’s. Local man Adam Paterson passed B-sport points leader Barry Webb, while Jonathan Loader (Tiga) claimed Sports 2000 gold, as he had in Pre-’80.
Phil House boldly usurped Spiers for Historic Touring Car victory after a clean battle. Behind the FIA Appendix K versions, Rick Belcher made it a Lotus Cortina clean sweep, ahead of Mark Watts’s Mustang.
With lightning starter Pete Morton still a threat, 1989 FF1600 Champion of Brands Chris Goodwin negotiated nine lapped cars on the final lap to net his first Fjunior victory.
Bradshaw battled back from electrical woes to claim race-two win