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ZAND­VOORT HISTORIC GP SEPTEM­BER 1-2 “I needed those cars. I’d got my nose ahead two or three times but wouldn’t have passed him with­out them,” beamed World Tour­ing Car driver Tom Coronel. His au­da­cious last-lap pass of Andy Wolfe, made pos­si­ble by traf­fic, snatched vic­tory in last Satur­day’s Mas­ters Pre-’66 Tour­ing Car race – a grip­ping one-hour catch­weight con­test that de­lighted spec­ta­tors at Zand­voort’s sev­enth Historic Grand Prix.

An­drew Had­don forged his Lo­tus

Cortina ahead of the Ford Fal­cons of Mike Gar­diner and Ju­lian Thomas ini­tially as

Alex Furi­ani, hav­ing fired David Hart’s

Alfa GTA through the gravel at the Tarzan hair­pin, worked it back through the Mini Cooper Ss of Chris Mid­dle­hurst, Nick

Swift, Jonathan Lewis and Ian Cur­ley.

Into the Cortina jumped Mark Martin and he kept the lead, but the race’s com­plex­ion changed when Coronel leaped aboard the DHG Alfa dur­ing a mid­dle-third safety car in­ter­lude in which Mid­dle­hurst’s short (by four sec­onds) stop at­tracted a 21-sec­ond penalty, gift­ing Cur­ley the class.

Coronel chased down leader Wolfe

(in for Gar­diner), and for a mes­meric 10 min­utes they were locked in com­bat. Coronel re­peat­edly seized the ini­tia­tive in the cor­ners, where V8 grunt ha­bit­u­ally kicked the Fal­con’s tail out as Wolfe fed its power in gen­tly with Dun­lops past their best for the sub­se­quent drag races.

Run­ning out of op­tions Coronel rounded Wolfe into Tarzan, ex­it­ing on the kerb as they ac­cel­er­ated to­wards the off-cam­ber right-handed Ger­lach kink and the plunge into the dished left Hu­gen­holtzbocht, which mag­ni­fies mo­men­tum for the climb into the dunes. Ahead lay a du­elling Mus­tang and Mini to be lapped. “As I chose left, I knew I was sunk,” said Wolfe. The pair wafted into his path and Coronel sailed im­pe­ri­ously round them all to lead.

Coronel duly steamed to vic­tory over Wolfe, with Thomas/calum Lockie a solid third. The Had­don/mark Martin and John Spiers Corti­nas were next, ahead of the top three Mi­nis. Nor­bert Gross won the con­cur­rent lo­cal Tour­ing Car sec­tion, his Fal­con 10th but lap­ping quicker than the lead­ing Ap­pendix K ver­sions.

Wolfe’s glory came on Sun­day morn­ing, solo­ing Michael Gans’ AC Co­bra in a scin­til­lat­ing 90-minute Gentle­men Driv­ers GT bout in which he hounded Nicky Pa­s­torelli’s Fer­rari 250 GTO for 30 laps un­til its clutch failed. “I was in my el­e­ment, happy to let Nicky do the work [in traf­fic],” Wolfe said. “It was beau­ti­ful to watch, but I knew putting new rear tyres on at the pit­stop would give me the trac­tion I needed to pass the Fer­rari, which I did straight after the pace car.” Fol­low­ing “the race of my life”, Wolfe took the flag 16s clear of Alexan­der van der Lof and Yelmer Bu­ur­man’s Co­bra.

After an ad­ven­ture-filled week­end the Head broth­ers, Dale and Aaron, fin­ished a su­perb third in their new John Danby Rac­ing-built Lo­tus Elan. Martin/had­don’s 26R was fourth, ahead of Nur­bur­gring win­ners Leo Voy­azides/si­mon Had­field’s Co­bra. A brake drama had forced Voy­azides to start from the pits – where he was held un­til the sep­a­rate Dutch grid (rac­ing for an hour) was re­leased – then the Greek stopped a lap be­fore the win­dow. Al­lard Kalff/michiel Cam­pagne dom­i­nated the sub­set in the lat­ter’s mag­nif­i­cently un­ruly Tachyon-built Chevro­let Corvette Grand Sport clone.

Pa­s­torelli’s turn for vic­tory came in the FIA Mas­ters Sports Car round in which he took over David Hart’s Lola T70 MK3B and kept it 16 sec­onds clear of Had­field, fin­ish­ing Voy­azides’ ex-fit­ti­paldi broth­ers

ver­sion. Henry Fletcher, whose Chevron B19’s pace was blunted by a mis­fire fol­low­ing a grav­elly spin, and Goncalo Gomes (Lola T212) kept the V8s on their toes. The Por­tuguese led well, but Amer­i­can Ja­son Wright com­pleted a

T70 1-2-3 with wa­ter tem­per­a­ture “off the clock”. Thomas/lockie’s Chevron B8 ran metro­nom­i­cally to Bon­nier-class hon­ours.

All the sin­gle-seater classes re­sulted in dou­ble wins, none closer than Satur­day’s Lu­rani Tro­phy leg in which 2015 and ’17 cham­pion Bruno Weibel re­pelled Nur­bur­gring king Mark Shaw by 0.021s, squeez­ing him over the pit-en­trance line at the fin­ish. “I wasn’t go­ing to back off,” said Shaw, who crashed his Brab­ham BT6 in qual­i­fy­ing and suf­fered sus­pen­sion fail­ure while chal­leng­ing on Sun­day. Man­fredo Rossi di Mon­tel­era moved up.

Chris­tian Olsen won the in­au­gu­ral FIA Historic F3 Euro­pean Cup races, but hav­ing popped an oil line he had to be loaned the Alfa Romeo en­gine from fa­ther Tom’s sis­ter Mar­tini MK39 to take up pole in his ex-fred­eric Delaval­lade car. Slim Borgudd’s team­ster over­came 2017 Zand­voort win­ner Thomas Warken, for­tu­nate to es­cape se­ri­ous in­jury when his Ralt RT3 vaulted Francesco Macri’s dur­ing lap­pery at Hun­serud on Sun­day. De­spite lack­ing torque, Bri­ton Tom Brad­shaw scut­tled his ex-thierry Tassin Argo JM6 from 13th to a sec­ond on day two. Had­don topped the early class, lov­ing his ex-ric­cardo Pa­trese Chevron B34.

Be­cause Mark Dwyer was side­lined from the Historic F2 races by clutch and gear­box is­sues, Matthew Watts out­ran a fab­u­lous grid in his ex-nor­man Dickson March 772. En­thu­si­as­tic se­ries new­comer Rossi (in James King’s car) and Robert Si­mac pur­sued Watts like ter­ri­ers in 1600cc March 712s each time. Star of Sun­day’s stanza was venue debu­tant James Had­field, who shot his For­mula At­lantic Mo­dus M1 from the back to a class-win­ning fifth be­hind Matt Wrigley’s younger March 79B.

Retro speed­ster Ge­orge Shack­le­ton won at the third at­tempt in 500cc F3. “Dar­rell [Woods] was on my tail the whole time,” said Shack­le­ton. He fin­ished, hand aloft, 0.629s ahead of Woods’ Staride-nor­ton as pre­vi­ous win­ner Brian Jo­liffe (Cooper-jap) faded to third in Sun­day’s 21-car field.

From the back of Sun­day’s re­versed eight-car FIA Historic For­mula 1 grid – with Cana­dian Keith Frieser’s Shadow DN1 on pole – Nick Pad­more (Wil­liams FW07C) took three laps to oust early leader Ge­org Hal­lau (Theodore N183). Greg Thorn­ton (bor­row­ing Katsu Kub­ota’s March 761) blew a Cos­worth DFV in qual­i­fy­ing and so was over­joyed with sec­ond ahead of the de­ter­mined Ja­son Wright (Shadow DN8).

Klaus Lud­wig – among four Le Mans win­ners present – shared Ger­man Touren­wa­gen Clas­sics gold in Jorg Hatscher’s 1996 DTM Mercedes.

After Furi­ani took the Alfa GTA (mid­dle) through the gravel, he and Coronel had to fight through the pack

Olsen be­came the first win­ner in new-for-2018 Historic F3 Euro­pean Cup

Snake ver­sus pranc­ing horse: Wolfe (Co­bra) hounded down Pa­s­torelli (250 GTO) in GT race

Weibel (r) just pipped Shaw by 0.021s in the Lu­rani Tro­phy

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