Brits clean up at Monaco Historics

| 14 May 2012

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.