Ford GT40 crew triumphs in epic Spa Six Hours enduro

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More than 100 competitors finished the Spa Six Hours at the weekend (20-22 September) with the Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield ex-Scuderia Filipinetti Ford GT40 taking the spoils in the blue riband race.

Despite the Blue Oval's legendary sports-racer dominating practice and taking eight of the top 10 spots on the grid, the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport of Michiel Campagne, Allard Kalff and Jan Lammers muscled into them to take an impressive second, ahead of Shaun Lynn and Andrew Haddon in another GT40.

For many, the highlight of the 12-grid weekend was the appearance of C&SC's October issue cover star, the ex-Jim Clark Jaguar D-type, returning to the Belgian circuit to commemorate Clark's first international race.

The D-type was in an imposing grid of some 52 cars, but owner Carlos Monteverde and Gary Pearson pedalled it impressively to take seventh place in the Woodcote & Stirling Moss trophies, which was won by the Lister Costin of Chris Ward and John Young.

There was plenty of action from the single-seaters, too, with Michael Lyons dominating both the weekend's FIA Masters Historic F1 races in his 1975 Hesketh 308E.

Frank Lyons drove an ex-James Hunt 1977 McLaren M26 while the less fortunate Simon Fish had to give up on Sunday's race after his 1980 Ensign N180 developed gearbox trouble.

Lotuses were out in force, with no fewer than six contenders for the FIA Historic F1 trophy and 11 racing at the Historic Grand Prix Cars series, including the ex-Jim Clark 32B (below).

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