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2018 Brands Hatch Masters Festival report
Spring surprise

Nick Padmore, Williams FW07C, 2018 Brands Hatch Masters Festival

This year’s Masters Historic Festival emulated the previous edition by somehow missing out on the traditional spring thunderstorm while treating the visitors to two days of perfect weather for motorsport and picknicks. The action was great too, with some tense racing going on in the various Masters grids in the programme, while the guests featuring on the Masters bill proved to be a fortunate pick – the fans loved the F2s and stayed until the chequered was dropped for the final car across the line in the Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge.

 

2018 Monaco Grand Prix Historique report
Come rain or shine

The 11th running of the Monaco Grand Prix Historique gave us more of the same – but also simply more. More cars, more stars, and a new race with a bumper grid. All in two-and-a-half days of lovely spring weather, with four hours filled with rain showers to add even more excitement to a magnificent race day.

Michael Lyons, Alex Caffi, McLaren M26, Ensign N176, 2018 Monaco GP Historique

 

2018 Motor Legend Festival report
Turning up the heat

Martin O'Connell, ATS D4, Imola, 2018 Motor Legend Festival

The heat was truly on for the Masters Historic Racing season opener at Imola, where temperatures reached peaks of 28 degrees. Sharing the bill with the Dutch Historic Touring Car & GT Championship, Ferrari Corse Clienti and a fine array of Italian-themed demos, the five Masters series produced some excellent racing with some new faces amongst the winners. From the chaos of the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race to the straightforward Masters Gentlemen Drivers race – the 20,000 spectators were treated to amazing historic variety. And then they had Alfa, Martini and Tecno, and René Arnoux, Jacky Ickx and Giacomo Agostini…

 

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