Rain—again!—added to the Spa challenge for the Masters Historic runners

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Rain—again!—added to the Spa challenge for the Masters Historic runners

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Rain—again!—added to the Spa challenge for the Masters Historic runners

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Amidst signature wet weather in the Ardennes, the Masters Historic drivers nonetheless rose to the challenge of a mostly wet Spa-Francorchamps Six Hours weekend, Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The rain came down but didn’t stop play as all the drivers enjoyed the magnificent straightaways and sweeping turns of this legendary Belgium circuit.

Masters Racing Legends
In Masters Racing Legends for 1966-1985 Formula 1 cars, Christophe d’Ansembourg was Saturday’s hero, the Belgian resisting Steve Hartley’s race-long pressure, his Williams FW07C held off the McLaren MP4/1 for a popular home win.

Sadly, d’Ansembourg was absent on the next day, and this time Marco Werner’s Lotus 87B pushed through to beat teammate Michael Lyons’ Lotus 92.

James Davison bagged a pair of pre-’78 class wins in Brad Hoyt’s Hill GH1.

Masters Endurance Legends
D’Ansembourg also looked on course to win the first Masters Endurance Legends race, but his Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2 was denied glory by a last-lap pass by Steve Tandy’s Peugeot 90X, who on the next day passed on its steering wheel to Steve Brooks.

Brooks then repeated the trick but used the dying seconds ahead of a late safety-car call to pip Kriton Lendoudis to the win. The Greek looked to have the win in the bag but spun his Peugeot 908 to allow Brooks through.

Among the GTs, Andy Feigenwinter (Porsche 997 GT3) and Marcus Graf von Oeynhausen (Audi R8 LMS Ultra) split the wins.

Masters Sports Car Legends
In the race hit hardest by rain, Tom Bradshaw took no prisoners, romping home to a clear win in the Masters Sports Car Legends race, hisChevron B19 leaving Manfredo Rossi’s Osella Abarth PA1 and Michael Gans’ Lola T-290 well behind.

John Spiers and Nigel Greensall took a strong fourth on their way to another pre-’66 class win.

Masters Gentlemen Drivers / Pre-66 Touring Cars
Andy Newall and Olivier Hart were the winners in Sunday morning’s combined Masters Gentlemen Drivers and Pre-’66 Touring Car race. Newall’s Jaguar E-Type hit the front midway into his opening stint and held on to win from Count Von Oeynhausen’s similar Jag and Cobra-equipped pairing of Niko Ditting/Sam Hancock.

In the concurrent Touring Car race, Hart’s Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA got the better of Sam Tordoff’s Ford Falcon after the mid-race stops.

For a Spa photo gallery, detailed race reports and complete results, click HERE.

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