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Lyons roars to victory as Superprix day one concludes

Saturday, June 30 2012

Michael Lyons set a searing pace to win the Derek Bell Trophy encounter in his Hesketh 308E at Brands Hatch today (Saturday) on day one of the HSCC Superprix. Andrew Smith drove an equally superb race in a Formula 2 March to keep up with the faster and newer car, even lapping at a quicker rate when traffic came into play.

A tense battle played out for third place as the Formula 5000 Lola of Mark Dwyer tried to hold off James Hagan's Ensign F1 racer. With the latter off at Hawthorns with five minutes to go, attention shifted to the fourth place fight between Neil Glover in another Lola F5000 and Hans Peter in a Formula 2 Ralt, which was resolved in Glover's favour.

Meanwhile Paul Conway recovered from a tardy getaway to win the 70s Road Sports race in his Morgan Plus 8. Taking advantage of a tense battle between the TVRs of Julian Barter and Peter Shaw, the trio were joined by Charles Barter's Datsun 240Z until it ran wide into the gravel at Paddock Hill. Superb car control from Barter allowed him to rejoin to finish in a close fourth place.

Benn Simms got the jump on Classic Formula 3 polesitter Jamie Brashaw, who found himself battling in the early stages with former F1 driver Paulo Barilla. Whilst the Italian dropped back, Brashaw closed on the leader but Simms was able to hold onto his lead. However a dramatic last lap retirement handed the win to Brashaw, with Barilla just missing out on the final podium place after a gritty comeback drive.

In the FIA Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior cars, David Methley stayed clear of a frantic battle for second between James Murray, Peter Moreton and Andrew Hibberd. There was a photo finish for third place, just 0.001 seconds separating the pair.

Martin Stretton took the lead of the Historic Formula 2 race with a brave move around the outside of a fast-starting Darwin Smith on lap two. The March-mounted pairing staged a private battle as they pulled away from Hans Peter's third-placed Ralt, with a series of fast laps from Stretton putting the lead in no doubt.

John Burton and Silvio Kalb staged a thrilling battle for the lead of the Martini Trophy race, which was interrupted when the former nearly tripped over a backmarker and took a trip through the Paddock Hill gravel. Kalb was left with an easy run to the flag, whilst Burton missed out on third place by less than a tenth of a second.

The day ended with the Guards Trophy for sports racers and GTs from the 1960s. James Dodd lead the early stages before making his mandatory pitstop and after the rest of the field had stopped, his Ginetta held a lead of over 20 seconds to the flag.

Two Benetton F1 cars from the early 1990s made an additional appearance during the lunch break to entertain the crowd with a demonstration run. The 1990 B190 and 1993 B193 will return on Sunday and are expected to be joined by a 1988 turbocharged Lotus.

Tickets for the Historic Super Prix at Brands Hatch on Sunday 1 July are available on the gate from £21 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.