ITAL­IAN CLAS­SIC AS LEONE TRI­UMPHS

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Monaco-domi­ciled Ital­ian Va­le­rio Leone’s Clas­sic For­mula 3 dou­ble in a sen­sa­tional field, in­clud­ing pe­riod re­turnees Ian Flux and Richard Trott, topped the re­branded Leg­ends of Brands Hatch Su­per­prix. The event per­fectly show­cased the HSCC’S rac­ing spirit, orig­i­nated in 1966.

Leone shot his ex-teo Fabi March 783 from fifth to sec­ond in two laps on Satur­day, then hounded David Shaw’s Ralt RT1 un­til its bat­tery wilted. As Gaius Ghinn (Ralt-vw RT3), Flux (783) and the Chevrons of Max Bartell (B34) and Fred La­joux (B43) ganged up be­hind, Leone bagged a re­sound­ing win over Ghinn and Fluxie.

Leone led through­out on Sun­day, but CF3 rookie Cameron Jack­son (ex-os­car Lar­rauri March-alfa Romeo 813) was hom­ing in with Ghinn, Bartell and Flux when he stopped in Din­gle Dell. Bartell, driv­ing beau­ti­fully, usurped Ghinn three laps from home and clung on to a Bri­tish class-win­ning sec­ond as they carved through lapped traf­fic.

A shower be­fore Satur­day’s FIA F2 counter brought a tyre quandary and pole­man Richard Evans (in Hugh Price’s Ici/derek Daly trib­ute Chevron-hart B42) knew im­me­di­ately that his slicks call was op­ti­mistic. Af­ter a safety car erased wet-shod Mark Dwyer’s 17-sec­ond lead, dries came into their own, but Dwyer (March-bdg 742) thwarted Evans’ at­tacks stead­fastly un­der enor­mous pres­sure. They fin­ished nose-to-tail.

Evans streaked away from Dean For­ward (782) and Dwyer in Sun­day’s sun­shine as Al­sa­cian triple cham­pion Robert Si­mac (March 712) sup­pressed Aus­tralian Marty Bul­lock (Chevron B17C) and Paul Ba­son (ex-james Hunt 712) for a 1600cc dou­ble.

The For­mula Ju­nior Di­a­mond Ju­bilee World Tour tri­fecta fea­tured 99 starters. Stu­art Roach (Alexis Mk2) stole front-en­gined gold, pip­ping Ray Mal­lock (U2) af­ter fuel surge hob­bled run­away leader Chris Drake’s down­draught car­bu­ret­ted Ter­rier. Drake won the rear-en­gined drum-braked split how­ever, his Elva 300 clear of James Hicks (Car­avelle) and Ger­man Ivo Goeck­man’s Jo­lus. Roach (Con­dor SIII) was fourth as dif­fer­ent chas­sis mar­ques filled the top eight places.

The 1962-3 disc-braked race was the most open. An­drew Hib­berd (Lo­tus 22) and Cameron Jack­son (Brab­ham BT2) had dis­placed James Mur­ray (Lola MK5A) be­fore Roach’s Alexis Mk4 lost a rear wheel at Sur­tees – fol­low­ing a tap – trig­ger­ing a caution. Mur­ray re­dou­bled his ef­forts at the green, de­mot­ing Jack­son, but Hib­berd just pre­vailed.

Michael Lyons’ ver­sa­til­ity now ex­tends to tin tops for hav­ing won both Su­per Tour­ing races in New Zealan­der Lind­say O’don­nell’s Volvo V40, he leapt into the ex-john Love F1 Sur­tees TS9 for a Derek Bell Trophy dou­ble in F5000-rich Historic Race of Cham­pi­ons con­tests. Pa­trick Watts (Peu­geot) and Ste­wart Whyte (Honda) kept him fo­cused in the for­mer. F2 win­ner Mark Dwyer led the DBT chases, mighty Mal­lock han­dler Mark Char­teris and Lo­tus Cup ace Adrian Hall – ex­celling in the ex-keith Hol­land Tro­jan T101 – join­ing the podium par­ties.

Charles Barter was again un­flap­pable in ’70s Road Sports, the Lo­tus Europas of son Ju­lian and Jim Dean scrap­ping in his Dat­sun 240Z’s mir­rors hav­ing passed Peter Shaw’s TVR as it shed a front wheel. Dean bagged sec­ond when Barter Jr missed gears. HRS pole­sit­ter John Davison (Elan S3) out­ran Shaw’s front brake­less S1 in Sun­day’s Historic stanza. Sec­ond qual­i­fier Ian Bur­ford (Ginetta G4) re­cov­ered from an abysmal start to land his first podium.

An­drew Hib­berd took a 1000cc F3 dou­ble in his Brab­ham BT18. Pole­man James Denty (ex-mo Nunn Lo­tus 41) slipped to third be­hind Si­mon Armer (March 703) on Satur­day, but re­tired from race two on three cylin­ders. When Armer slowed, Peter Thomp­son and class debu­tant Mark Pang­born (Brab­hams) pounced.

With Char­lie Al­li­son and James Schryver’s Chevron B8s beached at Pad­dock on lap one, Ben Mitchell con­trolled the Guards Trophy race in Michael Schryver’s B6. When Michael took over Richard Piper (Brahma) reeled him in, but a clash at Stir­lings put Piper out, gifting vic­tory to Max Bartell/cal­lum Grant (ex-keith St John Ra­dio Lon­don ELVA-BMW MK7S).

Grant had Leo Voy­azides’ Shelby Co­bra Day­tona Coupe bel­low­ing in his wake, fin­isher Si­mon Had­field hav­ing shaken off Philip Nel­son’s B8. John Davison ex­tended his points lead with an­other classy win in his ‘Gold Bug’ Elan, while An­drew Hib­berd mir­rored his re­sult in the Lo­tus 23B started by fa­ther Michael.

Grant and Bartell sad­dled their Historic FF1600 Mer­lyns for Sun­day’s fi­nale. They en­joyed a humdinger of a fight out front while ta­ble top­per Rob Wain­wright – who put his Elden on pole but was ban­ished to the back for a carb gas­ket ir­reg­u­lar­ity– scythed to fifth, ahead of for­mer F1 racer Tiff Needell. Bartell al­most de­posed Grant, who held on for win five, thus leads the cham­pi­onship to Croft. Cir­cuit debu­tant Benn Til­ley set an­other su­perb fastest lap wrest­ing third from Mark Shaw.

URS stand­out Ian Pear­son slid off at Sheene Curve, ced­ing the FF2000 ad­van­tage to Historic points leader Andy Park, who just bested Clas­sic win­ner Marc Mercer.

The race was made by the CRC set who started 10 sec­onds be­hind the Pin­tos. Andy Jarvis (Pal­liser twin­cam) made the ini­tial run­ning, but Sin­ga­pore com­muter Daniel Pyett screamed his pris­tine Bda-pow­ered Tecno ahead as the closely-matched duo bat­tled to fifth and sixth over­all.

With Craig Davies’ Chevro­let Corvette out early, Voy­azides/ Had­field over­came a gear­box is­sue en route to GT & Sports Car Cup vic­tory in Leo’s AC Co­bra. GT3 di­vi­sion win­ners Jeremy Welch/ Mar­tyn Cor­field (Austin-healey 3000) were over­joyed with sec­ond.

Voy­azides/had­field’s Lola T282 res­onated through the trees en route to a straight­for­ward 80s En­durance win. On the smoky demise of Man­fredo Rossi’s Osella Abarth PA1, the G-CAT run MarchBDG 75Ss of Richard Piper/greg Caton and Doug Hart fin­ished sec­ond and third, 1.3 sec­onds apart.

Leo and Si­mon split for a Tour­ing one-two in the Greek’s Fal­con and Lo­tus Cortina, ahead of Rob Fenn (Mus­tang) and Bob Bullen’s Anglia as Si­mon Benoy (Hill­man Imp) stretched his By­box cham­pi­onsip lead.

Jon Fair­ley staved off Peter Hors­man in both HGPCA races, max­imis­ing his Brab­ham’s 2.7-litre Cli­max’s edge over the 2.5 Lo­tus.

1 Va­le­rio Leone (March 783); 2 Gaius Ghinn (Ralt RT3) +1.985s; 3 Ian Flux (March 783); 4 Maxim Bartell (Chevron B34); 5 Fred La­joux (Chevron B43); 6 Richard Trott (Chevron B43). Class win­ners Ghinn; Adrian Lan­gridge (Das­tle Mk10); Ian Pear­son (Van Diemen RF83/82). Fastest lap Leone 1m32.078s (95.12mph). Pole Ghinn. Starters 38.

1 Leone; 2 Bartell +2.401s; 3 Ghinn; 4 La­joux; 5 Flux; 6 Trott. CW Bartell; Lan­gridge. FL Cameron Jack­son (March 813) 1m31.242s (95.99mph). P Leone. S 32.

1 Mark Dwyer (March-bdg 742); 2 Richard Evans (Chevron-hart B42) +0.119s; 3 Frazer Gib­ney (March-bmw 782); 4 Jeremy Wheat­ley (Sur­tees-bdg TS15); 5 Dean For­ward (March-bmw 782); 6 Robert Si­mac (March-bda 712). CW Si­mac; Max Blees (Brab­ham-fvc BT30). FL Dwyer 1m37.965s (89.42mph). P Evans. S 17.

1 Evans; 2 For­ward +13.648s; 3 Dwyer; 4 Richard Meins (March-bmw 772); 5 Gib­ney; 6 Wheat­ley. CW Si­mac; Blees. FL Evans 1m26.011s (101.83mph). P Dwyer. S 17.

1 Stu­art Roach (Alexis Mk2); 2 Ray Mal­lock (U2 Mk2) +0.900s; 3 Mark Wood­house (Elva 100); 4 An­drew Tart (Bond FJ); 5 Robin Long­don (Lola Mk2); 6 Michael Hib­berd (Lola Mk2). CW Tony Olis­soff (Elfin Mk1); Tom De Gres (Stanguellini FJ). FL Roach 1m46.347s (82.36mph). P Mal­lock. S 35.

1 Chris Drake (Elva 300); 2 James Hicks (Car­avelle Mk3) +17.227s; 3 Ivo Goeck­man (Jo­lus FJ); 4 Stu­art Roach (Con­dor SIII); 5 John Chisholm (Gemini MK3A); 6 Laine Martin (Lo­tus 20). CW Nick Fin­burgh (En­voy Mk1); Si­mon Durl­ing (Lo­tus 18); Gre­gan Thrus­ton (Lo­tus 20). FL Drake 1m43.838s (84.35mph). P Drake. S 32.

1 An­drew Hib­berd (Lo­tus 22); 2 James Mur­ray (Lola MK5A) +2.028s; 3 Cameron Jack­son (Brab­ham BT2); 4 Sam Wil­son (Lo­tus 20/22); 5 Man­fredo Rossi di Mon­tel­era (Lo­tus 22); 6 Cal­lum Grant (Mer­lyn Mk5/7). CW Mal­colm Wishart (Cooper T65). FL Mur­ray 1m40.010s (87.58mph). P Hib­berd. S32.

1 Michael Lyons (Volvo V40); 2 Pa­trick Watts (Peu­geot 406) +1.611s; 3 Ste­wart Whyte (Honda Ac­cord); 4 Neil Smith (Alfa Romeo 156); 5 Si­mon Gar­rad (Opel Vec­tra); 6 Mark Smith (BMW E30 M3). CW M Smith; Keith Butcher (Audi A4); Scott O’don­nell (Ford Mon­deo). FL Whyte 1m34.969s (92.23mph). P Lyons. S 19.

1 Lyons; 2 Whyte +4.534s; 3 N Smith; 4 Watts; 5 Mark Lem­mer (Honda Ac­cord); 6 M Smith. CW M Smith; Mark Wright (Ford Es­cort RS1800); Butcher. FL Lyons 1m35.508s (91.71mph). P Lyons. S 18.

1 Michael Lyons (Sur­tees-dfv TS9); 2 Mark Dwyer (March-bdg 742) +13.695s; 3 Mark Char­teris (Mal­lock-ford Mk20/21); 4 Adrian Hall (Tro­jan-chevro­let T101); 5 Paul Camp­field (Chevron-chevro­let B28); 6 Si­mon Tay­lor (Chevron-chevro­let B28). CW Dwyer; Char­teris; Hall; Mar­tyn Donn (Lo­laBDA T760); Chris Atkin­son (Sur­teesChevro­let TS8); Marc Mercer (Van DiemenFord RF82); Daniel Pyett (Tecno F2). FL Lyons 1m25.737s (102.16mph). P Lyons. S 24. 1 Lyons; 2 Dwyer +18.739s; 3 Hall; 4 Neil Glover (Lo­laChevro­let T330/332); 5 Daryl Tay­lor (Chevron-chevro­let B28); 6 Atkin­son. CW Dwyer; Hall; Atkin­son; Donn; Wain­wright; John Har­ri­son (Mal­lock Mk21). Inv Robert Crack­nell (Rey­nard SF84). FL Lyons 1m26.374s (101.41mph). P Lyons. S 21.

1 Charles Barter (Dat­sun 240Z); 2 James Dean (Lo­tus Europa) +3.463s; 3 Ju­lian Barter (Lo­tus Europa); 4 Mark Lev­erett (Lo­tus Elan); 5 John Wil­liams (Porsche 911SC); 6 Steve Skip­worth (Lo­tus Europa). CW Dean; Chris Fisher (MG Arkley); Neil Brown (Lo­tus Eclat). Inv Jim Bay­nam (MGB). FL J Barter 1m46.606s (82.16mph). P C Barter. S 20.

1 Hib­berd; 2 Thomp­son +29.876s; 3 Pang­born; 4 Armer; 5 Christoph Widmer (Brab­ham BT18A); 6 Leif Bos­son (Brab­ham BT28). FL Hib­berd 1m38.365s (89.04mph). P Hib­berd. S 21.

1 Maxim Bartell/ Cal­lum Grant (ELVA-BMW MK7S); 2 Leo Voy­azides/ Si­mon Had­field (Shelby Day­tona Coupe) +0.388s; 3 Philip Nel­son (Chevron-bmw B8); 4 Nick Thomp­son/ Sean Mc­clurg (Chevron-bmw B6); 5 Mike Gar­diner/ Dan Cox (TVR Grif­fith); 6 Michael Schryver/ Ben Mitchell (Chevron-bmw B6). CW Voy­azides/ Had­field; Nel­son; An­drew Hib­berd/ Michael Hib­berd (Lo­tus-t/c 23B); Brian Casey (Len­ham P69); John Davison (Lo­tus Elan); An­drew Hill/ Harry Wyn­d­ham (Austin-healey 3000). Inv Richard Piper (Fitzger­ald B2 Brahma). FL Mitchell 1m39.004s (88.47mph). P Mitchell. S 29.

1 Cal­lum Grant (Mer­lyn MK20A); 2 Maxim Bartell (Mer­lyn MK20A) +0.339s; 3 Benn Til­ley (Mer­lyn Mk20); 4 Mark Shaw (Mer­lyn Mk20); 5 Rob Wain­wright (Elden Mk8); 6 Tiff Needell (Lo­tus 69). FL Til­ley 1m39.153s (88.34mph). P Grant. S 32.

1 An­drew Park (Rey­nard SF81); 2 Marc Mercer (Van Diemen RF82) +0.885s; 3 Ian Pear­son (Van Diemen RF83/82); 4 Nel­son Rowe (Rey­nard SF79); 5 Daniel Pyett (Tecno F2); 6 Andy Jarvis (Pal­liser WBD2). CW Mercer; Jarvis; Tom White (Osella FAF); John Sta­ple­ton (Tui BH2); Peter Fin­ni­gan (Mer­lyn MK20A/11A). FL Pear­son 1m33.159s (94.02mph). P Pear­son. S 27.

1 Leo Voy­azides/ Si­mon Had­field (AC Co­bra); 2 Jeremy Welch/ Mar­tyn Cor­field (AustinHealey 3000) +2m02.286s; 3 Read Gomm (Jaguar E-type low-drag coupe); 4 David Smithies/ Chris Clark­son (Austin-healey 3000); 5 Nils-fredrik Ny­blaeus/jeremy Welch (Austin-healey 3000); 6 Mike Bell/ Si­mon Orebi Gann (Mor­gan +4 SLR). CW Welch/ Cor­field; Wil Arif/ Mal­colm Paul (TVR Gran­tura Mk3); Nick Tay­lor/ Richard Tyzack (Kel­li­son J2R); Guy Peeters (Lo­tus 11). FL Had­field 1m44.328s (83.93mph). P Had­field. S 25.

1 Leo Voy­azides/ Si­mon Had­field (LOLA-DFV T282); 2 Greg Richard Piper/ Greg Caton (March-bdg 75S) +1.937s; 3 Doug Hart (March-bdg 75S); 4 Maxim Bartell/ Mike Cat­low (Chevron-fvc B19); 5 James Schryver/an­drew Schryver (ChevronBDG B26). 6 Guy Peeters (Chevron-fvc B23). CW Piper/ Caton; Cat­low/ Bartell; Peter Hall­ford (Chevro­let Corvette); Neal Steven­son (Tiga SC81); Ge­org Nolte (Ford GT40). Inv Vicky & Bob Brooks (LOLA-BDG T212). FL Had­field 1m28.020s (99.51mph). P Had­field. S 21.

1 Leo Voy­azides (Ford Fal­con); 2 Si­mon Had­field (Ford Lo­tus Cortina) +17.098s; 3 Rob Fenn (Ford Mus­tang); 4 Bob Bullen (Ford Anglia); 5 John Spiers (Ford Lo­tus Cortina); 6 John Davison (Ford Lo­tus Cortina). CW Had­field; Bullen; Si­mon Benoy (Hill­man Imp); Nick Paddy (Mor­ris Cooper S); David Lloyd (Ford Mus­tang). Inv Fenn. FL Voy­azides 1m48.178s (80.97mph). P Voy­azides. S 22.

1 Jon Fair­ley (Brab­ham BT11); 2 Peter Hors­man (Lo­tus 18/21) +1.126s; 3 Rod Jol­ley (Cooper T45/51); 4 Miles Grif­fiths (Lo­tus-brm 24); 5 Eddy Perk (Heron-alfa Romeo); 6 Alan Baillie (Cooper T71/73). CW Jol­ley; Grif­fiths; Perk; Mal­colm Cook (Cooper T43); Scotty Tay­lor (Cooper T45). Inv David Wen­man (Cooper-bris­tol Mk1). FL Fair­ley 1m39.594s (87.94mph). P Grif­fiths. S 20.

1 Fair­ley; 2 Hors­man +1.739s; 3 Jol­ley; 4 Rudi­ger Friedrichs (Cooper T53); 5 Rainer Ott (Cooper T53); 6 Baillie. CW Jol­ley; Baillie; Cook; Charles Mccabe (BRM P57); Tay­lor. Inv Wen­man. FL Hors­man 1m39.218s (88.28mph). P Fair­ley. S 17.

Leone won twice in Clas­sic F3

Lyons was un­stop­pable in his Volvo V40 in the Su­per Tour­ing races Voy­azides/had­field AC Co­bra won GT and Sports Car con­test

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