Perfect weather, grandstands filled to capacity, and a joyful paddock vibe all contributed to a great weekend of racing in the Dutch coast sand dunes, as Masters Historic Racing’s return to the seaside town of Zandvoort proved to be a resounding success. Marco Werner and Steve Tandy doubled up in Masters Racing Legends and Masters Endurance Legends respectively, while David and Olivier Hart triumphed in Masters Sports Car Legends, Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie dominated in Masters Gentlemen Drivers, and Sam Tordoff took the spoils in Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars.
In the two Masters Racing Legends races for 1966-’85 Formula 1 cars, Marco Werner led from start to finish on Saturday while his Lotus 87B also came through to win the second race. After an epic tussle with teammate Michael Lyons in the post-82 class-winning Lotus 82 and a resurgent Lukas Halusa, the Austrian bulled through the pack to grab second place after a troubled first two days with his Williams FW08. Lyons and Steve Brooks’ Lotus 91 completed a JPS-liveried Lotus podium on Saturday. Meanwhile, Jonathan Holtzman thrilled the crowd as his Tyrrell P34 six-wheeler took a pair of pre-78 class wins.
Steve Tandy became the second double winner of the weekend when he bagged the second Masters Endurance Legends race, having already notched a commanding victory on Saturday. In the first race, his Peugeot 90X beat young Spanish FIA F3 driver Pepe Martí’s class-winning P3 Norma M30, with Marco Werner coming third (and winning P2) in his Lola-Lotus B12/80. Werner took second on Sunday, with Keith Frieser’s Zytek 09S holding off Martí for third. The GT wins were shared between the Ferrari 458 GT3s of Christopher Stahl/Michael Lyons and Jason Wright.
The Masters Sports Car Legends race was a nail-biter. In Saturday’s finale, Tom Bradshaw led most of the way in his Chevron B19 but in the end the polesitter was unable to keep Olivier Hart at bay in the same way he had done during his opening stint, with Olivier’s father David, in the Dutch-run Lola T70 Mk3B. Meanwhile, Chris Jolly and Steve Farthing cornered the pre-66 class win, their Cooper Monaco T61M jumping Richard McAlpine’s McLaren M1B right after a safety-car restart.
Calum Lockie and Julian Thomas (Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe) delighted the crowds and put on a Masters Gentlemen Drivers masterclass, taking a stunning victory against the strong local driver pairings of Bernhard van Oranje/Tom Coronel (in another Daytona Cobra) and David and Olivier Hart (Bizzarini 5300 GT). In the concurrent Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race, Sam Tordoff’s Ford Falcon beat the similar car of Julian Thomas/Andy Wolfe, with Richard Dutton taking third overall and a class win in his Lotus Cortina.To view the Zandvoort Historic GP photo gallery, full reports and results, click HERE.
Next up, the Gentlemen Drivers and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars get to wow the crowds at Oulton Park for the Gold Cup on July 29-31 before traveling to the Nürburgring for a reunion with the revamped Oldtimer GP on Aug. 12-14. Then, all five Masters grids plus an additional one-off Masters GT4 challenge will be present at The Classic, Silverstone on Aug. 26-28.