Friday 12th April – Sunday 14th April 2013 – Catlunya Circuit, Spain
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Race Report Group C Racing – Mark Howson
2012 Champions Gareth Evans and Mike Donovan resumed their winning ways in Barcelona as the Group C Racing Series began its 2013 Series at the Catalunya Classic Revival.
In warm and dry conditions Evans took the opening 30 minute race on Sunday morning from pole in the Mercedes C11, beating home his nearest C1 rival, the Porsche 962 of Hervé Regout, by 21 seconds. The 962C of Henrik Lindberg was third.
Donovan also began the first race from pole in his Spice SE88C and went on to take the C2 win second overall, holding off a spirited attack from the Spice SE86 of Aaron Scott by just half a second.
A fire that destroyed Peter Garrod’s Intrepid on it’s first outing, ensured a lengthy Safety Car period at the start of Race 2 on Sunday afternoon & resulted in a closer race; Berridge taking the chequered flag first in the C11, but with the Nissan R90 CK of Steve Tandy in close attendance throughout. The yellow Nissan finished just six seconds adrift in second, while third in C1 went to the Lancia LC2 of Rupert Clevely.
Scott took the C2 victory in second place overall in the Tommy Dreelan-owned #170 Spice, while Mike Donovan’s Spice suffered a retirement after five laps. Dreelan, meanwhile, was racing his newly-acquired Leyton House Porsche 962 for the first time at Barcelona, ending up with two fourth-placed finishes in C1.
Full Race report can be found HERE
The series now moves on to the Donington Historic Festival on May 3rd-5th, where a larger entry is anticipated.
Race Report Masters – Rachel Bailey
The 2013 Catalan Classic was a huge success. In the third running of the event, masterminded by Jesus Pozo, the weather was glorious, the racing superb and the crowd up by 25% on last year.
The opening rounds of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and the new FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship both had superb starts. The FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship had a cracking grid with 26 cars representing 13 different constructors. Larry Kinch’s iconic Ferrari 312T5 was a favourite in the paddock, as were the sister Marlboro McLaren MP4’s of Nathan Kinch and Bobbie Verdon-Roe. Belgian enthusiast Marc Devis joined the Historic Formula One ranks with his Arrows A3, as did pseudonymed Frenchman Mr John of B with his McLaren M29, and rapid French sports car racer David Ferrer in an earlier M28.
Joaquin Folch scored a popular local win in the opening FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship race of the season, despite the best efforts of Bobby Verdon-Roe (McLaren MP4-1/B). The two ran together throughout a stunning race, Folch just claiming honours by nine-tenths of a second, while Nathan Kinch guided his similar McLaren to third. The podium for the earlier pre-1978 cars went to Michael Lyons (Hesketh 308), Chris Perkins (Surtees TS14) and Tommy Dreelan (March 761)
Verdon-Roe turned the tables to win race two after Folch retired on lap 8 with gearbox problems and Nathan Kinch’s fire extinguisher went off whist going through the chicane! But Verdon-Roe didn’t have it all his own way and was hounded by Michael Lyons who took second overall and class honours ahead of Belgian legend Jean-Michel Martin (Fittipaldi F8) in third. With the two podium format for the pre and post 1978 cars, Ian Simmonds (Tyrell 012) made the third step of the podium. Mike Lyons was joined by James Hagan (Ensign MN177) and father, Frank, in the iconic James Hunt McLaren M26.
The FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship was claimed by the Lola T70 Mk3B of Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield, which had an easier run to the flag after teething troubles stopped the similar car of Grant Tromans/Martin Stretton. That promoted Carlos Monteverde/Gary Pearson (Lola T70 Mk3B) to second while Michael Lyons added to his F1 podium result with third, sharing Mike Wrigley’s Chevron B16. Chris Jolly and Steve Farthing (Cooper T61) took the podium honours in the Pre-66 sports car section of the race in their Cooper Chevrolet, followed closely by Keith Ahlers/James Bellinger (Cooper Monaco) and Pedro Macedo da Silva and Andy Newall (Ford GT40 Spider).
F1 rivals Folch and Verdon-Roe teamed up to win the Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT race in the Spaniard’s Jaguar E-type. Second, just under 2.5s back, was the Ian Walker Lotus Elan of Martin Stretton/Grant Tromans who had a great chase with the Wilson/Wolfe Elan until the latter received a drive-through penalty for a pit-lane infringement. Voyazides/Hadfield took third overall in the Greek driver’s AC Cobra after an early puncture put them on the back foot.
Hadfield/Voyazides bounced back to win the Pre-66 Touring Car race in Leo’s Ford Falcon Sprint, chased to the flag by Mike Gardiner/Phil Keen (Ford Falcon Sprint). The Tromans / Stretton Cortina was in contention for the early part of the race until a blown differential put pay to their race. Ex- F1 Benetton driver Roberto Moreno put in a sterling effort in the first stint in Ron Maydon’s Mini, only for the car to fade in the latter part of the race. Christian Devereux held his nerve and pace to take an amazing third overall in his Cooper S.
The locally-based Trofeo Javier del Arco was for the burgeoning Iberian historic scene and was boosted by a number of Masters competitors with 70s cars. Race one gave the Pochiol family a one-two with Tom beating father Paul to victory as his Capri fended off the family’s Jaguar XJ12C. Robert Brown took third in father Sean’s Ford Escort RS, while the best of the locals was Albert Pecanins (Porsche 911). Sean Brown claimed honours in race two from Paul Pochiol and Walter Meloni (Ford Escort Mk1), while leading Spaniard was Jordi Prenafeta (Porsche 911).