January 28, 2016

Brands Hatch Historic Festival

We took part in the first round of the FIA Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch last weekend.

We took part in the first round of the  FIA Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch last weekend.  This was the first outing for the team in 2015 who are this year competing in the prestigious FIA championship. 

 The grid is a mixture of 70s sports racing cars,  ranging from Chevrons,  Ford GT40's and the mighty Lola T70's. Oldershaw Motorsport run a Lola 212 which is less powerful but more nimble than most of the field.

After qualifying 4th on the grid for Saturday’s race, the stage was set for an epic battle between the little Lola 212 and the V8 T70’s who occupied the front row of the grid. We nearly didn't get out for the race as we found a crack in the chassis less than an hour before the race but the team did a fantastic job getting it welded up in time and we got to the grid with minutes to spare. We got a great start and passed the third place Chevron into Paddock Hill bend. The T70’s were much faster down the straights but struggled through the fast corners on the historic Grand Prix circuit. I was just about able to hang on to the second place car until my tyres started to go off and so finished a solid third which was later upgrade to second as the winning car of World Touring Car champion Rob Huff was disqualified

We were then on the front row for the second race on Sunday. This however wasn't to be quite so successful. After holding position for the first lap and looking like we might be able to keep pace with the leaders, a part in the gear shift broke which meant I was stuck in neutral and ended the race parked against the barrier. 

It was a great team effort, and I have to give a huge thanks to my Dad and Gordon for their quick response to the cracked chassis, as well as the Gathercoles, resourceful as ever, finding us someone to weld it up, as well as spending much of their Saturday night replacing the cracked part.