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Masters Testing Report
Cars And Stars At Donington

Words and images © Mick Herring

With snow having claimed several pre-season test days and the first historic meeting at Oulton Park, the Masters Series test day at Donington provided the first serious opportunity of the year for a dry, if somewhat cold, test session.

Serving as a final shakedown, some of the cars would, together with the GP Masters F1 cars present, be heading for their first races in the warmth of Spain almost immediately.

For me, the star of the show was Philip Walker's Ford GT40, a rebirth of chassis GT40P 1041, parts of which had lain unused since 1967 when it was bought by Colin Crabbe from Belgian Jean "Beurlys" Blaton and cannibalised for most of its components (including the monocoque chassis) to facilitate the rebuild of his own GT40 1021.

John Grant's fearsome 8.8 litre Can-Am McLaren M8C/D was another car turning a wheel for the first time in three years since an accident at Brands Hatch left Grant with broken legs.   

Group C was well represented at Donington by Steve Tandy's Nissan RC90, Bob Berridge's Sauber Mercedes C11 and Pete Chambers in Mike Donovan's Spice SE88 DFV.

World Sportscar Masters featured the GT40 above, and the immaculate Lola T70 Mk3B of Leo Voyazides and the car's preparer Simon Hadfield.

Martin Stretton was also T70-mounted and Chris Jolly enjoyed many laps in his earlier Cooper Chevrolet T61 Monaco.

As in period, a number of 2 litre cars from Lola and Chevron were competing strongly with the big boys.

The world of television was represented by actor and petrol-head Kelvin Fletcher, the 2012 Silverstone Classic Morgan Celebrity race winner who beat AC/DC front-man Brian Johnson into second place and was referred to as "That kid from Emmerdale Farm" by the Geordie. 

Kelvin was familiarising himself with the Porsche GT3 Cup car he will race at Donington on the Britcar meeting bill, having previously raced successfully in a Ginetta and the "Mighty Mini" series.

Mick Herring