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Brendon Hartley takes F1 win on final day of Masters Festival

Sunday, May 27 2012

A second day of action at the Masters Historic Festival brought a colourful collection of Formula 1 cars to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in the beautiful spring sunshine. In addition to three races for cars spanning 50 years, demonstration runs for more contemporary machinery  delighted the crowd today (Sunday).

In the regular Grand Prix Masters race, former Red Bull junior Brendon Hartley's early graduation to Formula 1 yielded a win after his near-miss yesterday. The Kiwi staged a superb demonstration of high-speed driving, dominating in the Lotus 92 owned by compatriot Roger Wills, who battled much of the field in his 6-wheel Tyrrell P34 as he descended the order.

Moving in the opposite direction to Wills was Simon Hadfield, taking runner-up spot from the back of the grid after he demoted yesterday's winner Richard Barber with just a couple of laps to go.

Nordea GP Masters, Race 2 - result:

1. Brendon Hartley, Lotus 92/5, 18 Laps
2. Simon Hadfield, Tyyell 009, +11.971s
3. Richard Barber, Fittipaldi F5A, +13.657s
4. Andrew Smith, March 701, +38.908s
5. Andrew Beaumont, Lotus 76/1, +42.476s
6. Manfredo Rossi di Montelera, Lotus 80, +42.489s

Earlier in the day, Peter Horsman and Andy Middlehurst staged a thrilling battle for the lead of the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association race for F1 machinery from the 1930s to mid-60s. The latter's Lotus 25 passed the older 18/21, running in Rob Walker colours, midway through the contest, however Horsman was soon back in front and held on to take the win by half a second.

In a tense Historic Race of Champions, Andrew Smith's Tyrrell Racing Organisation March 701 was chased down by back row starter Rob Hall in a gloriously sonorous Matra. The gap between the pair was just three seconds with a couple of laps remaining, however the Matra's V12 sounded a little more subdued next time round and Hall desperately tried to coax the recalcitrant car to the finish, falling short on the final tour. This left the March 711-mounted Mike Wrigley to inherit second, with John Delane's Tyrrell third. 

In the supporting races, Wills and Joe Twyman won at a canter in their McLaren M1B in Sports Racing Masters, whilst  Leo Voyazides and Hadfield teamed up to dominate World Sportscar Masters in a Lola T70. The 50-minute RAC Woodcote Trophy for sportscars was won comfortably by the Jaguar D-Type of Carlos Monteverde and Gary Pearson, whilst the latter paired up with Chris Ward in another of Coventry's finest, this time an XJS, to repeat the feat in the combined 70s Celebration and JD Classics Challenge race. Ex-BTCC racer Patrick Watts benefitted from a gearbox failure on Voyazides' Ford Falcon, taking the Pre-66 Touring Car spoils in his Mustang.

The next major event at Brands Hatch is the Mini Festival on 16-17 June. Tickets are available in advance from £17 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.