Masters Racers Going Dutch

The Masters Historic Racing championships head to Zandvoort at the end of August as the centrepieces of the annual Historic Grand Prix.

The FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship heads the action over the three-day historic festival, with Steve Hartley (Arrows A4) looking to extend his championship lead over Simon Fish (Ensign N180) in the Post-1978 category. Hartley has taken seven race wins this season and is looking like a safe bet for the title as he is 23 points up on Fish, but egg magnate fish is sure to give his all in a car that was raced by Dutch hero Jan Lammers in period. In the Pre-1978 division, Manfredo Rossi di Montelera will be eager to extend his advantage over the Lotus duo of Andrew Beaumont (76/1) and Max Smith-Hilliard (77) who are tied on points behind.

A battle royal should take place in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship where Jason Wright (Lola T70 Mk3B) heads the title race by just three points from Keith Ahlers/Billy Bellinger (Cooper Monaco King Cobra) with Andy Newall (Chevron B8) just two points back. However the return of likely race winners Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield (Lola T70 Mk3B) who run in the same class as Wright could affect his weekend’s score and throw the championship wide open.

The Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT is headed by Keith Ahlers/Billy Bellinger (Morgan Plus 4 SLR) but the entry will feature local hero Giedo van der Garde in Hans Hugenholtz’s AC Cobra. The former Caterham F1 driver and current Sauber reserve driver will go up against WTCC ace Tom Coronel (in David Hart’s Cobra) and 1977 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jürgen Barth in Roman Cerasani’s Porsche 904/6.

Leo Voyazides is aiming to extend his lead in the Pre-66 Touring Car Championship, the Greek Ford Falcon ace boasting a four-point lead of Mini pace-setter Ron Maydon in what should be an all-action race.

Gentlemen Drivers Championship leader Keith Ahlers is looking forward to the weekend: “The event has a phenomenally large and enthusiastic crowd and everyone there is extremely knowledgeable. The circuit is great to drive on: it is fast, you can’t always see through the corner so you need to be precise and it all makes for a really challenging, driver’s circuit and it is a real highlight of the year. I can’t wait!”