Nick Pad­more dou­bles up to take a fit­ting vic­tory in his Wil­liams FW07C

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At the scene of Wil­liams Grand Prix En­gi­neer­ing’s maiden grand prix vic­tory with Clay Regaz­zoni in 1979, two well crafted wins by Nick Pad­more in Max Smith-hilliard’s ex-car­los Reute­mann FW07C ex­tended his un­beaten run to six.

Be­hind him, the ac­tion which show­cased the most open and colour­ful era of F1 was in­cred­i­ble – par­tic­u­larly in Sun­day’s epic race when an ever-chang­ing train of five cars fought every inch of the way. And, get this, over­took each other re­peat­edly with­out ar­ti­fi­cial aids…

Ol­lie Han­cock hooked-up fa­ther An­thony’s 1978 Fit­ti­paldi F5A per­fectly on both days, hurtling round Greg Thorn­ton’s Lo­tus 91 and pole­man Pad­more at Abbey to lead. Nick was through and away at Beck­etts on Satur­day, but Ol­lie en­joyed a lap ahead 24 hours later.

Loic De­man – this term’s only other win­ner – carved his Candy Tyrrell 010 from sev­enth to third on lap one on Satur­day, then drew Thorn­ton past Han­cock. Both gained on Pad­more when he lapped Marc De­vis’ Maki cau­tiously at Beck­etts, but Thorn­ton sur­vived a hairy 360 de­gree spin at Abbey with­out los­ing third as he at­tacked De­man.

Once ahead on Sun­day, Pad­more scarpered leav­ing Han­cock to fend off a grow­ing pack with some bril­liant de­fence. As Martin Stret­ton’s Benet­ton Tyrrell 012 [re­tired from race one with tyre is­sues] strug­gled for grip, Mike Wrigley (FW07D), Thorn­ton, De­man and Christophe d’ansem­bourg (FW07C) piled on the pres­sure.

Sus­pected pis­ton fail­ure ended Wrigley’s run, but the bat­tling De­man and Thorn­ton, the resur­gent Stret­ton and Rob Hall (Ligier-ma­tra JS17) in­ten­si­fied the chase, with Si­mon Fish (En­sign N180) and Steve Hart­ley (Ar­rows A4) try­ing to join in as d’ansem­bourg faded.

De­man wrested sec­ond from Han­cock, with a move round the out­side at Stowe on the fi­nal lap. Ol­lie, a dom­i­nant class win­ner, was third in his wake with Hall, Thorn­ton, Stret­ton and Fish snap­ping at his heels. Sec­ond to sev­enth were cov­ered by 3.1s.

Han­cock bat­tled on but Pad­more (r) tri­umphed

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