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Published 18 September 2011
Tom Kristensen and Kenny Brack took an emphatic win in the RAC TT Celebration race for GT cars aboard Daniela Ellerbrock’s Shelby Daytona Cobra. Former Indy 500 winner Brack stormed into the lead from pole position, establishing a 3.2-second cushion over second place man Martin Brundle - who was sharing Nick Mason’s Ferrari 250GTO with two-time TT winner Mark Hales - by the end of the first lap.
Man on the move, however, was Derek Hill who was sharing Lawrence Auriana’s fabulous Maserati Tipo 151 with historics regular Joe Colasacco. Former F3000 racer Hill moved up the order in imperious fashion until he closed in on Brundle on the eleventh tour. The Californian took second place with a stellar move at the kink before St Mary’s as the two chargers descended on a backmarker. Hill went to the inside, Brundle to the outside of the soon-to-be-lapped Aston Martin, with the Maserati twitching noticeably as Hill put the power down. Within a lap he had built up a two second gap to his pursuer but Brack was long gone.
At half-distance, the Swede had a ten-second lead but then the heavens opened, the Daytona Cobra spinning its wheels and snaking violently under acceleration as its tyres struggled to find traction. Hill pitted with 18 minutes left to run, a leisurely driver change with Colasacco seeing the Maserati lose a place to Hales who had pitted a lap earlier. Le Mans superstar Kristensen took over the lead car with 17 laps already run and survived a grassy moment at Woodcote to take the chequer as the race was stopped five minutes short of its planned running time.
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