Andy Newall completed a superb treble across the Masters Historic Festival weekend at his local circuit Donington Park. With David Forsbrey he won the Masters Three Hours event that ran into Saturday evening and also took two very comfortable solo victories with the JCB McLaren M8F in the CanAm Interserie Challenge races.
Forsbrey built a decent lead after an early duel with the AC Cobra of Chris Chiles Jr, but a long refuelling stop for their GT40 left Newall a lap down when he resumed. As Newall set off in pursuit, the Cobra was also caught by the Andy Willis/Rob Hall Cobra and the E-Type Jaguar of John and Gary Pearson, but it was Newall who prevailed, 38 seconds clear at the flag.
Race-prep specialist Newall, from nearby Diseworth, was never seriously challenged in the beautiful McLaren taking victory from Mike Donovan’s Lola T70 in the first CanAm race and Frank Bradley’s March 717 in race 2.
David Tomlin (308 GTB) also took a double race victory in the Pirelli Ferrari Classic Series, but came under considerable pressure from Matlock’s Jim Cartwright. Cartwright (328 GTB) closed to within 0.7 seconds at the end of race one and led race two in the early stages. The lead changed hands a couple of times before Tomlin made it stick, and Cartwright fell to fourth place after he was penalised for exceeding track limits. Cartwright’s dad Nick took two second places in class in his 328.
Nick Padmore took two narrow Historic Formula 1 wins in his 1981 Williams FW07C. A first race dice with the Tyrrell’s of Martin Stretton and Loic Deman was spiced up by a light shower. Padmore’s caution at Goddard’s, when passing a back-marker, took Stretton by surprise and the contact removed the Tyrrell 012’s front bodywork. Padmore held on to win by 0.8s from Deman’s Tyrrell 010. Ashbourne’s Mike Wrigley took fourth place in his Williams before making it a Williams 1-2 at the start of race 2. Stretton took second place a lap later to follow Padmore home just 0.3 seconds in arrears. Wrigley then slid into the gravel while trying to resist a challenge from the Lotus of Greg Thornton.
Mark Piercy and Martin Stretton (Lola T210) won the Historic Sports Car race while Patrick Sherrington (MCR) and Tommy Gilmartin (Morgan +8) both completed doubles in the Sports 2000 and visiting Scottish Sports and Saloon races.
Henry Mann had suggested that the brakes of his Ford Fairlane were only good for 20 minutes racing, but he held on to win the hour-long Pre-66 Touring Cars encounter by 6 seconds from the Andy Wolfe/Michael Gans Lotus Cortina. Former AC/DC front man Brian Johnson led a quartet of Minis though the early stages on his first appearance at Donington in a race car.