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Published 16 September 2012

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RAC TT Celebration

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The one-hour RAC TT Celebration race fell to the mighty Jaguar E-type ‘Lightweight’ of Martin Brundle and car owner Adrian Newey. The result was all the more remarkable as Red Bull design chief Newey spun off at St Mary’s on the first lap as Gary Pearson challenged on the inside aboard his similar car. Newey had to watch the entire field go by before he was able to return trackside.

It was one-time Grand Prix winner Jean Alesi who starred initially aboard the Ferrari 250GTO he was sharing with former TT winner, Mark Hales. However, he swiftly tumbled down the order as John Young took charge on the second lap with Pearson only inches behind. However, man on the move was Joe Colasacco who had claimed the Chichester Cup on Saturday. The American tore through the field in Lawrence Auriana’s fabulous Maserati Tipo 151 and was up to fifth at quarter-distance before getting tangled up with backmarkers on the run towards Fordwater. The Maserati connected heavily with the bank with its driver emerging shaken but otherwise unhurt.

The safety car was deployed to clear up the mess, with Newey – who had blasted his way from last to fifth place 20 minutes into the hour-long race – pitting to hand over to Brundle. The pitlane was suddenly very busy, with Brundle emerging in second place behind Bobby Verdon-Roe who had taken over Young’s Jaguar. The 2008 race winner couldn’t contain Brundle as racing resumed shortly before half-distance, the Formula One TV pundit streaking past into Lavant 16 laps in. And the positions remained static, with the third place E-type of Tiff Needell and Joaquin Folch some way down the road. Brundle’s margin of victory was an incredible 29 seconds.

After the race Newey said: “I was pretty angry after what happened on the first lap but really enjoyed it after that.” Brundle: “Adrian’s pace was brilliant, the Lanzante team did a brilliant pitstop and I just had to work the traffic after that.”

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