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Bumper Historic F1 Championship grid heads to Brands Hatch

Tuesday, April 21 2015

The opening round of the 2015 FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship took place last weekend with a huge 33-car entry. The series will headline the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 23/24 May.

The new season got underway at Spain's Circuit de Catalunya, with the Williams FW07C of Christophe D'Ansembourg taking pole position. The first of two races saw front row starter Loic Deman's Tyrrell 010 and Michael Lyons' Hesketh 308E pass the polesitter, but they were unable to resist the Lotus 91 of Greg Thornton, which took the lead at half-distance and remained there until the chequered flag. Deman and Martin Stretton's Tyrrell 012 completed the podium.

Deman got his revenge in the second race, taking his maiden win with the Tyrrell once raced by Eddie Cheever, ahead of Thornton's ex-Elio de Angelis Lotus. Stretton was on course for a second podium, but a late retirement handed the place to D'Asembourg's Williams.

FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship Round 1

1, Greg Thornton, Lotus 91/5
2, Loic Deman, Tyrrell 010
3, Martin Stretton, Tyrrell 012

Round 2
1, Loic Deman, Tyrrell 010
2, Greg Thornton, Lotus 91/5
3, Christophe DAnsembourg, Williams FW07/C

Click here to download the full results.

In the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship race, dominant polesitter Leo Voyazides took the lead, but was forced to pit his Lola T70 early with a loose king pin. A superb comeback drive from both him and team-mate Simon Hadfield salvaged second place behind the similar car of Chris Beighton and Jason Wright.

FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship Round 1
1, Jason Wright, Lola T70 Mk3B
2, Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield, Lola T70 Mk3B
3, Pedro Macedo de Silva, Lola T70

Click here to download the full result.

Both championships will feature on the bill at the May's Masters Historic Festival, along with the Super Touring Car Championship for 90s BTCC cars and a host of other historic race series.

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 23/24 May are available online from £21 with free entry for under-13s. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.