Masters Historic Racing have confirmed which of its 2018 champions who will receive offers its congratulations to its 2018 season winners who will receive free sets of tyres from the organisation's partners. For 2018, Michelin, BMTR on behalf of Avon and HP Tyres on behalf of Dunlop provided free sets of tyres to the Masters winners across its five core categories.
FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship - In the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, Avon Tyres/BMTR supplied a set of tyres to the winners of the Pre-78 (Stewart and Fittipaldi) and Post-78 (Head and Lauda) Championships. Nick Padmore and Greg Thornton are the two winners, Nick having enjoyed a stellar season in the post-1978 division, taking nine outright race wins and 10 fastest laps on his way to the title aboard Max Smith-Hilliard’s Williams FW07C. The evergreen Greg Thornton split his season between his Lotus 77 (that suffered damage mid-season) and his March 761 and he took seven wins on his way to the pre-78 section of the championship with 11 race fastest laps falling to the flying Thornton as well.
FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship - The FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship also enjoyed the support of Avon Tyres/BMTR with a set of tyres being awarded to the highest-placed Avon user in the championship. With four class wins, Julian Thomas (Chevron B8) scooped the award as well as the overall title.
Gentlemen Drivers - Dunlop/HP Tyres provided a set of L section tyres to the winner of the Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT Championship, where preparer Andy Wolfe shared Michael Gans’ AC Cobra and the two scooped the Dunlop rubber, with six race wins falling to Andy during the season.
Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars - The popular Masters Pre-66 Touring Car Championship also benefitted from Dunlop HP Tyres’ generosity, with a set of L or M section tyres being awarded to the champion. With six race wins, the experienced Mike Gardiner won the championship, and the tyres, with his Ford Falcon Sprint.
Masters Endurance Legends - The new Masters Endurance Legends series was a huge hit and winners abounded! Michelin provided a set of tyres to the winner of the LMP1 and GT1 classes, while Dunlop/HP Tyres offered a set of tyres to the highest-placed Goodyear/Dunlop tyre user in the Proto 2 and GT2 classes. Steve Tandy took four class wins to win in the LMP1 class, while Nikolaus Ditting was the Michelin victor from GT1. Michel Frey scored the Dunlop tyres from his Proto 2 efforts.
“We’d like to thank our partners Michelin, Avon and Dunlop for their support and generosity in providing these awards,” said Rachel Bailey, Masters Historic Racing Event Director. “Our teams and drivers put so much effort into their racing and anything we can do to offset the costs for them is great news for all of us. These awards illustrate that we listen, and help our members and recognise their amazing achievements to entertain us all.”
The 2019 Masters Historic Racing calendar begins at Paul Ricard on March 29th-31st.