Rockingham's Coys Festival race 4

Race 4 - Monzanapolis - The Race of Two Worlds 20 minutes + 1 lap Julian Bronson snatched victory from Stuart Graham on the very last lap of The Race of Two Worlds, a recreation of the races held in the 1950's between the European and American...

Race 4 - Monzanapolis - The Race of Two Worlds

20 minutes + 1 lap

Julian Bronson snatched victory from Stuart Graham on the very last lap of The Race of Two Worlds, a recreation of the races held in the 1950's between the European and American cars.

Stuart Graham led from the start, but a spinning car at the second corner caused two other cars to go off the track and the red flags came out to stop the race. At the second rolling start Tiff Needell got the nose of his 1958 Lister into the lead with Julian Bronson taking the inside line and Stuart Graham going high into the first turn. Three abreast, these cars provided an impressive sight as they rounded turn one, with Stuart Graham taking the advantage as they dropped down onto the straight.

Graham and Bronson started to pull away from Needell, while behind the three leading cars a battle was brewing between Ron Gammon's 1958 Devin SS and Robs Lamplough's '58 BRM P25. On the third lap these two cars were nose to tail on the infield section. Gammon dived to the inside at the hairpin and took the position, only to lose it again as the cars rounded turn 4 on the banking. Gammon regained the place as Lamplough dropped away to be passed by Andrew Garners Lister Jaguar. Garner started to reel in Gammon and moved into 4th with two laps remaining.

At the front Bronson was able to keep pace with Graham, but was unable to close the six second gap to challenge the leading car. However fate stepped in to lend a hand when on the last lap Graham put a wheel off the circuit and the car spun, handing Julian Bronson the lead and the victory. Stuart Graham kept the car going to finish second half a second behind Bronson, with Tiff Needell in a lonely third place.

Julian Bronson knew he had been handed the race by the spinning Stuart Graham. "I saw Stuart spin, he made a mistake and I was close enough to take advantage. I was unable to do anything about closing the gap as the front brake on my car kept locking."

Stuart Graham was annoyed with himself for making the mistake that cost him the win. "It was absolutely stupid. I put a wheel off the track at the left hander. It snapped around and away it went. Still, we'll try again tomorrow."

-Rockingham Motor Speedway

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Series Vintage
Drivers Tiff Needell , Stuart Graham , Julian Bronson