The AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix 2014 was held 8-10 August at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany. This year’s Oldtimer featured the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship for Formula 1 cars of a golden age. Catering to 3-litre engined Formula 1 cars from 1966 through to 1985, FIA Masters Historic Formula One took the Nurburgring spectators back to an era in which Cosworth DFV power and a creative car designer could win races.
The Hesketh 308E of Michael Lyons scored a superb win at the Nürburgring Oldtimer Grand Prix 2014, despite having to start from the pit lane. He was chased home by Silvio Kalb’s Arrows A4 who dominated the race but spun at an oily turn 10 a lap and a half from home.
Spots of rain fell on the out lap to the grid but as the cars formed, the rains began to intensify. No tyre changes were permitted on the grid under the series regulations, so many cars headed for the pit lane and a frantic few minutes of work as the rolling start lap began. In total nine cars started from the pit lane and Lyons was seventh in the queue as the cars were released as the pack headed to turn one.
With no front row, Kalb had a clear road ahead but Manfredo Rossi’s Brabham BT42 edged ahead on the run to the first corner. Kalb soon asserted himself and took the advantage with Rossi second. Attention focused on the quickest of the pit lane starters: Lyons, race one winner Steve Hartley’s Arrows A4 and and the Ensign N180 of Simon Fish and they were fourth, fifth and ninth after just four laps.
“It was tough with Steve behind me,” said Lyons afterwards. “Only when he made a small mistake and dropped back did that left me concentrate on my race and find my reference points. Then I just pushed as hard as I could.”
After four laps, Lyons was 25 seconds behind ace leader Kalb, but he soon moved ahead of Rossi and closed on the German. With two laps to go, it was down to 9.1 seconds, but Kalb seemed assured of a win, but he was caught out by a slippery turn 10 that had caused others to slide during the race. Kalb spun and Lyons gleefully picked up the race lead. He was ahead starting the last lap and never looked back.
“After four attempts this year, we’ve finally won one! It was hard in those conditions but it was all about making the least number of mistakes today,” continued Lyons.
Behind the Hesketh, Kalb took second with Hartley third. Had he started from the grid he would have been on pole. Fourth was Rossi ahead of Fish, with Marc Devis’ Arrows A3 completing the top six. Lyons added to his outright win by being the best of those in the Pre-1978 division, with Rossi second and Max Smith-Hilliard third.
In addition to Julien Mahiels’ gallery, photographer Jurrie Vanhalle also documented the Oldtimer Grand Prix 2014, offering the following excellent pictures from the FIA Masters Historic Formula One feature race. We split up Jurrie’s photos into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and race results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Jurrie, visit vjimages.500px.com.
Oldtimer Grand Prix 2014 – Masters Historic Formula 1 Featured Photo Gallery
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