The new era of FIA Historic Championships kicked off in style at the Circuit de Catalunya last weekend, with Joaquin Folch and Bobby Verdon-Roe taking a win apiece in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield claiming honours in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship.
Under a cloudless sky, local hero Joaquin Folch (Brabham BT49C) triumphed in a stunning FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship openers, chased hard by Bobby Verdon-Roe (McLaren MP4-1/B). The two flashed over the finishing line just nine-tenths of a second apart, while Nathan Kinch brought his McLaren MP4-1/B home third.
Verdon-Roe turned the tables in race two as Folch retired, but a stunning effort by Michael Lyons gave him second place in his Hesketh 308, while Belgian legend Jean-Michel Martin (Fittipaldi F8) was third. On the combined results of the two races, class wins went to Mike Wrigley (March 711), Michael Lyons, Ian Simmonds (Tyrell 012) and Verdon-Roe.
Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield (Lola T70 Mk3B) were victorious in the new FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship as they won the opening 90-minute race. They were chased hard early on by the similar car of Martin Stretton/Grant Tromans but when that was halted with mechanical problems, Carlos Monteverde/Gary Pearson (Lola T70) assumed second with Michael Lyons third sharing Mike Wrigley’s Chevron B16. Chris Jolly and Steve Farthing (Cooper T61) took the podium honours in the Pre-66 Touring car section of the race in their Cooper Chevrolet, followed closely by Keith Ahlers / James Bellinger (Cooper Monaco) and Pedro Macedo da Silva and Andy Newall (Ford GT40 Spider). Class wins went to Voyazides/Hadfield, Wrigley/Lyons, Jolly/Farthing, Peter Hallford (Chevrolet Corvette), Macedo da Silva/Newall
The 2nd Round of the FIA Masters Historic Championships is at Brands Hatch on May 26th-27th.
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