Hall’s late er­ror hands Sports Car glory to ri­val Stret­ton

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports -

Philip Hall and his Lola T212 seemed to have Sun­day’s thrilling His­toric Sports Cars en­duro in the bag af­ter a per­fectly timed pit stop. But Martin Stret­ton had other ideas, clos­ing the gap re­morse­lessly in a T210 and forc­ing Hall into a mis­take two laps from the end of the race.

Hall chased Stret­ton’s co-driver Mark Piercy for 15 laps and stopped along with al­most ev­ery­one else as soon as the pit win­dow opened dur­ing a cau­tion pe­riod. Piercy stayed out longer, and left Stret­ton to re­join in a bunch of cars nearly half a minute be­hind.

Hall looked safe even as the pres­sure mounted, but with his eyes on the mir­rors he strayed into a gravel trap out of sight of most of the crowd and crossed the line eas­ing off, more than six sec­onds be­hind.

“I left him plenty of work to do, but we knew he could get there,” said Piercy. Stret­ton added: “I en­joyed ev­ery minute of it. I was on the ragged edge ev­ery lap.”

Into a sur­prised third came Chris Beighton and Si­mon Had­field in their Lola T70 GT. Beighton had an ad­ven­ture early on and lay 23rd at one stage, but re­cov­ered into the top 10. The safety car helped a bit more, and Had­field grabbed third af­ter a tus­sle with Ste­fano Rosina’s DFVpow­ered Mclaren M8C, which stopped af­ter an ex­cur­sion.

Car­los Mon­teverde and Gary Pear­son’s T70 GT came home fourth and the smaller Lo­las of Robert Older­shaw (T212) and Nick Pink/scott Mansell (T210) fin­ished fifth and sixth.

Stret­ton and Piercy took their Lola T210 to a late vic­tory

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