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Michael Lyons takes second Grand Prix Masters victory

Monday, May 30 2011

Michael Lyons added a second Grand Masters victory after taking the flag just 3.9 seconds ahead of Rob Austin. The British Touring Car Championship driver kept Lyons honest for every one of the nineteen laps.

Lyons made the best start, whilst Austin had to hold off the attentions of Bill Coombs at Paddock Hill. With that successfully done, Coombs ran alone in third whilst the leaders squabbled. However on lap nine the Candy Tyrrell slowed, just making the finish line before pulling off to the side of the track.

Austin spent the early laps chasing Lyons but the latter pumped a few fast laps to build himself a buffer. Austin pegged the gap but despite having the ground-effects in his Arrows, was unable to close the gap again, however he kept Lyons in sight for the duration.

Such was the leading pair's dominance that they nearly lapped the third-place battle, which was equally as intensive. Hero of the weekend Roger Wills, racing his Wolf-Williams after jumping out of a historic Mini, held off a charging Steve Allen, the Arrows A1 never more than a second behind. On the penultimate lap the Allen slipstreamed Wills before slowing on the final tour to finish nineteen seconds back in fourth.

Ron Maydon's Amon also failed to make the finish and behind the top four, Mark Higson's Williams-March completed the race ahead of Frank Lyons' McLaren M26 and Judy Lyons' Surtees TS9.

Grand Prix Masters classification

1. Michael Lyons, Hesketh 308E, 19 Laps
2. Rob Austin, Arrows A4, +3.948
3. Roger Wills, Williams FW05, +1:27.525
4. Steve Allen, Arrows A1, +1:47.262
5. Mark Higson, March 761, +1 Lap
6. Frank Lyons, McLaren M26, +1 Lap
7. Judy Lyons, Surtees TS9, +5 Laps