Deman and Lyons Share F1 Wins at Spa

Photo: courtesy of Masters Historic Racing

Loic Deman and Michael Lyons took the FIA Historic Formula One wins at Spa-Francorchamps, as the series featured at the Spa Six Hours meeting. 

Race one saw drama even before the start when Lyons, who had qualified on pole, had his engine let go at the start of the warm-up lap. Once the race was actually underway it was Deman who was the driver not he moved into second on lap two in his Tyrrell before taking the lead from Christophe d’Ansembourg two laps later.

A safety car period on lap five closed them up again, Mike Hazell off at Malmedy, but it was Deaman’s race and he eased away n the final laps to take the win on his ‘home’ circuit. Canton and d’Ansembourg rounded out the podium slots, Nick Padmore fifth in his Shadow and first Pre-78 car home.

A lot of work in the pits, plus the load of an engine from Mike Wrigley saw Lyons back on the grid for Sunday’s race, which was started with three laps behind the safety car with part of the circuit damp. Once racing, Lyons was never threatened and won with a handsome lead, with an all Williams podium as d’Ansembourg got the better of Cantillon after a close battle.

Padmore was fourth, again taking he Pre-78 category.

FIA Masters Historic Formula One
Race One:
1 Loic Deman (Tyrrell 010) 10 Laps in 25m47.088s (162.980kmh)
2 Mike Cantillon (Williams FW07C)+6.449s
3 Christophe d’Ansembourg (Williams FW07C)
4 Nick Padmore (Shadow DN5)
5 Steve Hartley (Arrows A4)
6 Joaquin Folch-Rusinol (Brabham BT49C)
7 Mike Wrigley (Williams FW07D)
8 Greg Thornton (Lotus 77)
9 Max Hilliard-Smith (Fittipaldi F5A)
10 Jamie Constable (Shadow DN8)
Fastest Lap: Deman 2m14.547s (187.402kmh)

Race Two:
1 Michael Lyons (Williams FW07B) 9 Laps in 25m17.458s (149.546kmh)
2 Christophe d’Ansembourg (Williams FW07C) +16.158s
3 Mike Cantillon (Williams FW07C)
4 Nick Padmore (Shadow DN5)
5 Steve Hartley (Arrows A4)
6 Jamie Constable (Shadow DN8)
7 Mike Wrigley (Williams FW07D)
8 Max Hilliard-Smith (Fittipaldi F5A)
9 James Hagan (Hesketh 308/1)
10 Jason Wright (Shadow DN8)
Fastest Lap: Lyons 2m17.563s (183.293kmh) 

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