Once again, Historic F1 was a popular support race at the US GP and Classic Team Lotus drivers led the way, once again.
Greg Thornton won the Saturday race at the Circuit of the Americas, starting from pole position in his Elio De Angelis/Nigel Mansell 1982 JPS Lotus type 91. Team mates Katsu Kubota – type 78 – and Andrew Beaumont – type 81 – followed him home in 3rd and 13th places, respectively. (Andrew was just behind Doc Bundy in the Regogo Racing type 79, which Classic Team Lotus restored for American owner Paul Rego, a few years ago.)
On Grand Prix day the Sunday morning race was wet and Katsu made the most of the conditions to storm to victory from third on the grid. Greg came 4th while Andrew – who is not a fan of wet conditions – drove a steady race to finish 11th.
Meanwhile, in Estoril, Portugal, Classic Team Lotus was running Joaquin Folch in his Lotus type 16 in the penultimate round of the HGPCA championship. In a season when team and driver have been making steady progress with reliability and speed, this turned out to be a decisive step, with Joaquin finishing second on the Saturday – after a fantastic race – and then winning the feature race on the Sunday. A brilliant achievement for driver and team.
The teams in the USA and Portugal are now moving on to Mexico and Portimao, for more action next weekend.