Brits clean up at Monaco Historics

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British drivers dominated the 8th biennial Historic Grand Prix round Monaco’s challenging street circuit from 11-13 May.

Julian Bronson (in ERA R4D, above) and New Zealander Roger Wills (in a Cooper T51) triumphed in the pre-’47 Voiturettes & GP and pre-1961 Grand Prix and F2 races respectively.

In classic Jim Clark style, Andy Middlehurst drove his fabulous Lotus 25 to victory in the 12-lap race for rear-engined Grand Prix cars from 1961-1965.

Ben Barker won the 18-lap race for pre-1985 Formula 3 cars. Summing up, he said: “Great weekend, meeting Prince Albert of Monaco, pole, two race wins and fastest lap. Unexpected for the Lola!”

Meanwhile, Alex Buncombe dominated the 10-lap race for pre-1953 sports cars in his ex-Fangio Jaguar C-type.

He said: “It's a real honour to score Jaguar Heritage Racing’s maiden victory and what a place to do it, here at the most famous race track of them all, on the streets of Monte-Carlo.”

Rising star Michael Lyons took top place on the podium for F1 cars built between 1973-1978 in his Hesketh 308e, saying after the dramatic wet race: “It's such a great feeling to win in such a special place!” Bobby Verdon-Roe in the McLaren M26 took second place after a spin.

American Duncan Dayton – competing in the 18-lap race for Formula 1 cars from 1966-1972 – had arguably the drive of the weekend, taking his Brabham BT33 to victory from last on the grid.

 

Comments

craig spinks

Went to the Historics at Monaco and thought it was a great event, inexpensive tickets, great atmosphere and of course some excellent racing.
Spoke to a number of other people there far more experienced in attending such events who were equally impressed. Also took the opportunity to attend the RM Auction which was a good opportunity to see a quality range of cars not often on display in my part of the world (Australia).

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