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Day two of sensational Superprix action on the GP circuit

Sunday, June 30 2019

The second and final day of the Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix got underway today with yet another unmissable day of racing.

Drivers of the pre-1961 Historic Grand Prix Association were first to compete today with Barry Cannell (Brabham BT11A) starting on pole for the 20-minute sprint with a rolling start getting the race underway. Second place starter Ruidi Friedrichs (Cooper T53) spotted a gap at Paddock Hill Bend and pipped the lead from the Brabham driver, with Cannell reclaiming the position on lap three. An unfortunate spin for Friedrichs at Stirlings resulted in the Cooper T53 driver eventually crossing the line in eleventh position. A bumper to bumper battle between Rod Jolley (Cooper T45/51) and Mark Daniell (Cooper T45) for fifth position saw a masterclass of car control from Jolley, often seen sideways going around Druids. Original pole sitter Cannell took the chequered flag followed by Andrew Beaumont (Lotus 1B) in second with Tom Dark (Cooper T51) rounding out the podium.

The venue came alive with the sounds of the XL Aurora Trophy too as Michael Lyons powered his Lola T400 around the 2.443-mile Grand Prix circuit from pole position. The power of his machine proved too much for the rest of the grid with a dominant lights-to-flag win. Greg Thornton and Steve Worrad (Chevron B89) were the ones to watch in the first half of the race with Thornton eventually taking fourth from the Surtees TS11 wheelman. After twelve laps it was Michael Lyons who crossed the line first, followed by Andy Smith (March 742) and Marc Mercer (March 73B).

The 70s Road Sports series proved to be as entertaining as ever with an all-Lotus front three of Jeremy Clark, Will Leverett and Mark Leverett getting the race underway. Fourth place starter Jim Dean blasted his way off of the line and into the lead and seemed to look untouchable until dropping to third behind Clark and W Leverett. A yellow flag and a subsequent safety car was brought out on lap nine as Jon Hall ran wide at Paddock Hill Bend causing his Datsun 240Z to get stuck in the gravel trap. Dean's unlucky spell continued with an issue out on the Grand Prix loop forcing him to retire his Lotus from the race with Clark, W Leverett and M Leverett sailing their way to an all-Lotus 1-2-3.

The historic theme continued off-track too with the Triumph Stag Owners Club bringing a stunning selection of cars to display to the public, with owners invited to perform a number of parade laps during the lunch break.

Photo credit: Gary Hawkins

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