King Co­bras as AC model dom­i­nates in GT and Sports Cars

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports -

From a huge field for the GT and Sports Car Cup, Oli and Gra­hame Bryant bagged a hard-earned vic­tory as Oli shoul­dered the lion’s share of the work in the fam­ily AC Co­bra.

The 90-minute race was build­ing to a cli­max as the Co­bras of the Bryants and Leo Voy­azides/si­mon Had­field squared up to slug it out over the de­cid­ing 15 min­utes.

With two man­dated pit­stops, Bryant Jr set a sear­ing pace to move clear of the bat­tling Jaguar E-types of Gary Pear­son and Ju­lian Thomas, while Voy­azides slot­ted into fourth. Nei­ther E-type was des­tined to last, how­ever, as en­gine woes side­lined Pear­son and Thomas had to park up with a de­tached gear lever.

The mid­dle of the race ran un­der a lengthy safety car pe­riod as the mar­shals treated an ex­ten­sive oil slick. Bryant Sr spent most of his stint be­hind the safety car be­fore hand­ing back to son Oli to do the rest.

Mean­while, Voy­azides took his Co­bra back af­ter a hard-charg­ing stint from Si­mon Had­field. As Voy­azides re­joined with 20 min­utes to go, Bryant was pow­er­ing out of the chi­cane and the bat­tle was on.

De­spite big traf­fic, Bryant clawed back time and the stage was set for a barn­stormer when the lead Co­bra cut out and Voy­azides coasted off the track. “I had to push as hard as I could and then I saw Leo com­ing out of the pits,” said Oli Bryant.

John Clark/an­drew Smith (E-type) and Wolf­gang Friedrichs/ray Mal­lock (As­ton Martin DP214) moved up to com­plete the over­all podium.

Fa­ther-and-son Co­bra of Oli/gra­hame Bryant tri­umphed

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