The Historic F1 races at the Oldtimer GP were the perfect antidote for those missing the noise with modern Formula One racing. The Nürburgring events provided an all-round spectacle of sight with sound. The grid included many names now consigned to history, like Hesketh, Ensign and Ligier, together with just a few that remain alive today – McLaren, Williams, Lotus.
Victory in the first race was taken by Steve Hartley in his Arrows A4, having been in third place for most of the race. He was able to take second when the Ensign N180 of Simon Fish ran wide. The lead was his when Michael Lyons, in another Ensign N180, suffered fuelling problems.
Sunday’s race was more dramatic. Rain before the race start saw slick-shod cars return to the pits for a tyre change with the rest of the field continuing with the rolling start. Michael Lyons was seventh in a line of nine cars exiting the pitlane but, despite that inauspicious start, he battled his way through the rain and the field to second place. A victory looked out of reach – until leader Silvio Kalb (Arrows A4) spun out of contention. Lyons took the win.
Our gallery shows the cars in the Saturday sunshine.
Photgraphy: Jochen Van Cauwenberge at Frozenspeed