Nick Padmore Crowned Masters Historic Formula One Champion
Thursday 22nd September 2016
The penultimate meeting of the 2016 FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship produced a nail-biting thriller at Spa last weekend with Britain's Nick Padmore taking victory in both races to make it 12 wins out of 12 races and clinch the Drivers' Title.
Padmore set the second fastest time in qualifying on Friday, slighted edged out by championship rival, Loïc Deman, who on home soil took his first pole from Padmore this season.
In Race 1, Padmore kept right on the gearbox of Deman and refused to let the Belgian make a break as the pair stretched out a lead ahead of Christophe d’Ansembourg's FW07C in 3rd.
Although showing his nose several times, Padmore was unable to get passed until the final lap when Deman ran out of fuel with the finish line in sight, handing the win to Padmore, 22.5 seconds clear of d’Ansembourg.
"I just kept remembering back from my karting days and my Dad telling me to keep fighting until the flag no matter what", said a delighted Padmore. "On the last lap I knew I had to have him and then his car just died at Blanchimont - there is a God!"
Padmore and Deman continued to put on a great show out front in Race 2 with Padmore all over the latter as he made several challenges for the lead under braking for the Bus Stop Chicane.
On lap 9, the leading duo came up to lap Frank Lyons' Hesketh 308E at Les Combes. Deman went to the inside of Lyons but had the door shut on him. Padmore held back and lunged Deman on the inside at the exit to take the lead and bring home his second win of the weekend.
"That was like a Formula First race!", explained Padmore. "I was much faster at Pouhon but couldn't find a way past. Then Loïc started to make a few mistakes as the race went on so I could see he was getting tired and I knew I had an opportunity.
"We came up to lap Frank; Loïc went one way and got held up so I saw the gap and just went for it.
"What a season it's been. I just love driving these cars and to win the championship at Spa is something very special.
"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Max so a huge thanks to him and also I'd like to thank everyone at WDK Motorsport. We did it!"