27th May 2001 Race 4 - Monzanapolis - The Race of Two Worlds 20 minutes + 1 lap In a replay of the stunning action first seen on Sunday, spectators were treated to a race-long battle for the lead between the Lister Chevrolets of Stuart Graham...
27th May 2001
Race 4 - Monzanapolis - The Race of Two Worlds
20 minutes + 1 lap
In a replay of the stunning action first seen on Sunday, spectators were treated to a race-long battle for the lead between the Lister Chevrolets of Stuart Graham and Julian Bronson and the Jaguar-powered Lister of Tiff Needell.
For the first thirteen laps the advantage lay with Sunday race winner Bronson, whose aerodynamic Costin-bodied car took advantage of its pole position to head the field recreating the races stages on the banked track at Monza in the 1950s.Bronson was being pursued all the way however by Stuart Graham's 'knobbly'-bodied car. After a dozen attempts to find a way past on the banked section of the track, Graham eventually produced a classic 'slingshot' on lap 14, to drive all the way around the outside on the run from the startline to the first corner.
As Bronson was left to defend second from the hard-charging Tiff Needell, Graham was delighted to receive the chequered flag."Its fantastic to come here and win at the inaugural event" said Graham "but that overtaking move was a bit of a 'get on with it' job.
Julian was driving really well, so I really had to work hard. It was a great race".Needell's Lister Jaguar lacked the horsepower of the Chevrolet powered opposition, but TV presenter Tiff was more than happy with his third place, ahead of the Devin Super Sports of Ron Gammon and the Lister Jaguar of Andrew Baxter.
"I nearly got past Bronson once, but there was a yellow flag and I had to back off" said Needell. "Then I got caught among some slow backmarkers. Those are my excuses, but I don't care. I just love driving this car and this is a great track and a great occasion."The final highlight of the race was the battle for 6th between Barrie Baxter's Tec-Mec Maserati, Allan Miles' Maserati 250F and the Jaguar D-Type of Ben Eastick. They along with the Kurtis Indycars of Tom Malloy and John Guyatt, truly recreated the spirit of the "Race of Two Worlds".