Monaco Historique - 13.05.2012

Driving in three of the seven races over the course of the event, Roger endured a weekend of highs and lows at the Grand Prix Historique held on the famous streets of Monaco.


Serie B-Pre 1960 Formula 1


Driving the ex Bruce McLaren Cooper T51, Roger took pole position from the Lotus 16 of 11 time Monaco Historique winner Duncan Dayton and Spaniard Joaquin Folch in a similar car. In the race it was Roger and Dayton who lead the way in a thrilling battle. With two laps to go Dayton made a lunge up the inside going into the Rascasse and despite taking the lead very briefly Roger got ahead again after switching back and diving back up the inside. An under pressure Dayton then spun at Ste Devote leaving Roger with a clear lead over Gary Pearson in the BRM P25. Roger won the race by 14 seconds and was delighted with his first win in the principality: 


"It was an incredible feeling to win at Monaco, especially as Bruce McLaren had won in a Cooper in 1962 at Monaco, and here I was 60 years on in his 1959 Cooper T51 works car.  Amazing and quite emotional." 


Serie E- Pre 1972 Formula 1


Driving the ex Chris Amon March 701-1 for the first time since 1971 Roger was again faced with fierce competition in the form of Andrew Smith (March 701) and Duncan Dayton again (Brabham BT33). Roger took his second pole position of the weekend but was cruelly taken out by a back-marker on his last flying lap. The crash happened at over 100mph so the damaged sustained was too much to fix before the race. Luckily the damage to the car is quite a simple fix and it wont be another 40 years before we see the car on track again!


Race F- Pre 1978 Formula 1


The last race of the weekend and the most hotly contested. Roger drove the  Tyrrell P34 (6 wheeler) which drew a huge amount of attention and support over the weekend. In the first qualifying session Roger put in a time good enough for 4th on the grid which was a stunning result amongst many professional drivers and after 2nd qualifying Roger wound up 10th.


The heavens opened with 15 minutes to go before the race after warm and sunny weather all weekend so we put wet tyres on the car and a wet setup and Roger went out with a lot of trepidation. Roger drove a very clean and sensible race to finish 5th overall and to end a great weekend on a high.


A very positive start to the historic season!




Tyrrell P34/2Tyrrell P34/2March 701-1March 701-1tyrrell P34/2Cooper T51Cooper T51Cooper T51Winner- Monaco 2012

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