Masters Races Bolster Nurburgring Race Weekend

Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield bolstered their trophy cabinet by claiming the spoils in both the Masters Gentlemen Drivers and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car races at the Nürburgring. Christophe d’Ansembourg denied Steve Tandy another Masters Endurance Legends double by giving his Lola-Aston Martin a series debut win.

While Steve Tandy (Lola-Mazda B12/60) had taken a convincing Masters Endurance Legends win on Saturday, Christophe d’Ansembourg on Sunday completed a successful meeting by adding victory to his weekend tally of podium finishes, as the Belgian held off Tandy to hand his Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2 a first win in the series.

The most entertaining Masters race of the weekend came on Saturday night, however. When on lap 22 of the Masters Gentlemen Drivers race the safety car was deployed, Simon Hadfield AC Cobrasuddenly found himself within striking distance of Andy Wolfe’s similar AC Cobra. In a thrilling final four laps Hadfield cut Wolfe’s lead and then produced a magical overtaking move around the outside of his rival, while braking for the chicane for the final time.

Still buzzing from their great win, Voyazides and Hadfield also triumphed in Sunday’s FIA Masters Historic Sports Car. This was a much more straightforward win, the Anglo-Greek pairing jumping Michael Gans’ Lola T290 at the stops, after which Hadfield controlled his lead all the way to the finish.

In less than three weeks’ time, Masters' European season will head to the Dutch dunes for Zandvoort’s Historic Grand Prix. The Masters Endurance Legends will not appear on the twisty seaside track but the Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars will make a return to the programme. Two weeks later, it’s time for the Spa Six Hours.

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