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Stretton takes Historic Formula 2 double at Brands Hatch
Old 5 Jul 2011 12:34
Category: Historic Racing
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Martin Stretton bagged a mighty double win as the Historic Formula 2 Championship switched to the fabulous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit over the weekend (2/3 July) as one of the major attractions at the HSCC Historic Superprix.

A superb 29-car field gathered for the fourth weekend of Historic F2 racing in the series managed by the Historic Sports Car Club and the field made a great sight as pole man Darwin Smith (March 722) and Stretton (March 742) headed the pack into the opening race. Smith grabbed the lead off the line and Stretton had a moment at Graham Hill Bend on the opening lap, but within a couple of laps Stretton had tigered ahead and went on to score a clear victory.

“The car was very over-steery,” reported Stretton. “Darwin was driving really well; he’s very tough but fair.” As the race developed Smith was suffering from a failing battery and was being caught at the flag by Andrew Smith (March 79B). “I was hoping there would be another lap,” said Andrew, who was only four seconds down at the flag. Carrying prodigious speed through Paddock Hill Bend helped Andrew Smith win the Formula Atlantic class as well as take third place overall.

Hans Peter (Ralt RT1) and Ian Ashley (March 79B) completed the top five overall before the best of the 1600cc F2 cars as Katsu Kubota narrowly headed Diogo Ferrao in a battle of the March 712s. After 27 minutes of racing, the gap was just one second. “It was very nice, but my neck is tired from driving the Group C car as well,” said Kubota.

A clutch-less Darwin Smith started race two on Sunday from the pit lane, while a superb start from Peter gave him the lead from eighth on the grid! He led Andrew Smith and a sluggish-starting Stretton, but Darwin Smith was the man to watch as he carved his way up to ninth of 27 cars by the end of lap one!

Andrew Smith lost out to Stretton for second place but fought back and passed him around the outside at Druids on lap four. Andrew then set off after race-leader Peter but couldn’t stem Stretton who was racing with a vibration. As he drove around the problem, Stretton battled his way into the lead from Andrew Smith and Darwin Smith whose mega drive ended with third overall, as he pushed Peter back to fourth in the closing stages.

Andrew Smith again topped the Formula Atlantic class and, with Ashley retiring, up into second went Philip Gladman (Chevron B34) as Chris Sharples (Chevron B29) completed the class podium.

Once again it was close in the 1600cc F2 class and this time Ferrao turned the tables on Kubota to win by only a second and a half. Walter Nef (March 712M) was third along the 1600cc F2 runners.

The next date on the Historic Formula 2 Championship calendar is at the Belgian circuit of Zolder over the weekend of 2/3 September.

For more details about the HSCC, please visit www.hscc.org.uk
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