The Zandvoort Grand Prix 2014 was held 29-31 August at the seaside Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands. This year’s Zandvoort GP featured the Gentlemen Drivers Pre-1966 GT race, a Masters Historic Racing series that offered a wonderful spectacle as pace and team strategy unfolded towards the chequered flag.
Frank Stippler was inspired in the Gentlemen Drivers Pre-’66 GT race, handling Georg Nolte’s Bizzarini 5300 GT solo. However, despite leading the opening stint, his pit stop was three seconds too short and hence was forced to serve the balance with a stop-go penalty. His stop-go was also short, so a further penalty ensued.
Rob Hall drove brilliantly in the early part of the race in his AC Cobra, and, despite a spin, recovered to run second ahead of Tom Coronel’s AC Cobra. Sadly, a fan belt broke on the Hall Cobra putting him out. That allowed the AC Cobra of David Hart and Tom Coronel into the lead and the Dutchmen took a popular win.
Stippler recovered for second, with the Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield AC Cobra third after Hadfield had a great battle with former Caterham F1 driver Giedo van der Garde in Hans Hugenholtz’s AC Cobra. Van der Garde retired when a stone from an off-track moment jammed the gearbox in second.
A giant-killing effort came from Martin Stretton in Mark Martin’s Lotus Elan who secured sixth place and matched the pace of the Cobras, while Philip Walker and Miles Griffiths’ Lotus XI slayed giants as well in seventh place.
Photographer Jurrie Vanhalle documented the Zandvoort Grand Prix 2014, offering the following excellent pictures from the always-competitive Gentlemen Drivers feature race for GT cars built before 1966. 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.
Zandvoort Grand Prix 2014 – Gentlemen Drivers Pre-1966 GT Featured Photo Gallery
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