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Stretton and Watts share Historic Formula 2 wins at Donington
Old 4 May 2011 12:02
Category: Historic Racing
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For the second time this season, Matthew Watts and Martin Stretton shared the victories as the Historic Formula 2 Championship starred at the Donington Historic Festival over the weekend (30 April/1 May).

From a fabulous 32-car entry, Watts (March 772) and Stretton (March 742) were again the class of the field to take a win apiece, while Andrew Smith (March 79B) drove superbly to twice take the Formula Atlantic category and even claim an overall podium.

The tone for the weekend was set in qualifying when Stretton pipped Watts to pole by just a tenth of a second. Peter Meyrick (March 782) and David Methley (Chevron B35) were within half a second of the pole time as Smith, in seventh overall, headed the Formula Atlantic class and Diogo Ferrao (March 712) topped the 1600cc F2 cars.

With a monster opening lap, Stretton led the first race for 11 laps with Watts a constant shadow. However, Stretton was then forced into the pits and retirement with a damaged nose cone, which left Watts away clear for victory. Through to second with a strong run came Frank Sytner (March 782), but only after a tremendous battle with Andrew Smith, who finished just a quarter of a second behind to win the Formula Atlantic class. Steve Maxted (Lola T360) had a good run to fourth, while Ferrao took eighth overall and the 1600cc F2 class victory.

With his car repaired for the second race of the weekend, Stretton made certain of victory with a commanding performance as Watts led the chase. Eventually Watts dropped away in a secure second and Andrew Smith ran a superb third overall until the last mile of the race. Then, as his car ran short of fuel, Andrew lost three places on the run the line as the battling trio of David Methley (Chevron B35), Maxted and David Gathercole (Chevron B25) all swept past.

Despite losing out on an overall podium, Smith salvaged sixth overall to win the Formula Atlantic class, finishing well clear of the similar car of Ian Ashley. Ferrao completed a good weekend for the Stretton team by wrapping up the 1600cc class again in the teamís March 712.

The next date on the Historic Formula 2 Championship calendar is at the fabulous and historic Monza track in Italy over the weekend of 4/5 June.

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