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Summer sun and historic fun at Saturday’s Superprix

Saturday, June 29 2019

Brands Hatch bathed in the summer sun today for a glorious opening day of the Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix.

Spectators witnessed a 31-strong grid in the Historic Formula Ford Championship which caters for pre-1972 machinery, and which produced an enthralling first race of the weekend. In typical Formula Ford fashion, slipstreaming, late braking maneuvers and nose-to-tail action were the order of the day. Last year's champion Cameron Jackson started on pole position and produced a spectacular lights-to-flag victory, his eighth of the year, behind the wheel of his Winkelmann WDF2.

The Kent venue echoed with the sounds of historic Grand Prix cars today too as competitors in the Historic Grand Prix Car Association stormed their way around the full 2.4-mile circuit. Despite experiencing gearbox issues Richard Wilson (Ferrari Dino BR01) showed a display of dominance over the rest of the grid in the pre-1961 race with a gap of 14 seconds over second place Rod Jolley (Lister Jaguar). Jolley battled his way through the grid from a fifth place start to second place in the opening lap of the race. Steve Hart rounded out the podium behind the wheel of his stunning Maserati 250F CM7.

The HSCC Thundersports series brought a wonderfully varied field of sports and GT cars to the track for a true throwback to the 1980s era of endurance racing. John Burton started the race on pole behind the wheel of his Chevron B26 and fought a tough race against a hard charging Dean Forward. The McLaren M8F of Forward took an early lead though, and looked set on claiming victory whilst an entertaining battle between Tony Sinclair (Lola T292) and John Spiers (Osella PA3) unfolded before an unfortunate mechanical issue forced the latter into the pit lane. It was Forward who was next to encounter an issue resulting in a DNF with Sinclair claiming the top step of the podium, followed by Andrew Schryver (Chevron B26) and Jonathan Mitchell (Chevron B19).

Tomorrow will bring yet more glorious weather and historic entertainment as Brands Hatch is transported back in time for the final day of the Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix. With a blockbuster racing line-up of historic Grand Prix cars, retro touring cars, and more there will certainly be something for everyone.

Photo credit: Gary Hawkins

Click here to view the full TSL live timing and race results.

Tickets for the Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix are available on the gate for £25 with FREE entry for under-13s. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.