Busy weekend ahead in Monte Carlo for Wills - 08.05.2012

This weekend sees the 8th Monaco Historique Grand Prix staged on the fabled streets of Monte Carlo. For Roger it is his second time racing in the Principality and marks his first historic event of the year. Racing 3 cars over the course of the weekend he is looking to build on his strong debut 2 years ago.

 

Racing in Grid B driving his ex Bruce McLaren Cooper T51 Roger will come up against the likes of Duncan Dayton & Joaquin Folch (Lotus 16's), Gary Pearson (BRM P25) and the similar Cooper's of Nick Wigley and Joe Twyman. Roger retired from the lead of this race two years ago and is keen to pick up where he left off: "Grid B is one that I would really like to do well in. The competition will be fierce, but I would be disappointed not to come away with a strong result."

 

Grid E is for early 3-litre F1 machinery and Roger will race the ex Chris Amon March 701 (chassis 1) for the first time in over 40 years. The car was hung on the wall by the late Tom Wheatcroft at the Donington museum after the Argentinian Grand Prix in 1971 and has been restored over a 2 year period by WDK Motorsport. The car has been shaken down in the UK but will race in anger for the first time this weekend and Wills' approach is more conservative as a result: "As with all the grids, the race will be extremely competitive and I am approaching this with more realistic goals. It would be fantastic to have a strong result but a finish is the main objective." The car started the 1970 Monaco Grand Prix from the front row alongside Jackie Stewart's similar Tyrrell entered car also being debuted this weekend by Andrew Smith and it will be great to see the two back out racing for the first time in 4 decades!

 

In Grid F Roger will race his iconic Tyrrell P34. This is perhaps the most competitive of all the grids with drivers such as Bobby Verdon-Roe, Stuart Hall, Ollie Hancock, Rob Austin & Michael Lyons fighting for overall honours. The 6 wheeled Tyrrell will no doubt be one of the star cars of the race  and Roger hopes he can build on his 4th place finish in his Williams in 2010. "Driving the Williams to 4th place in 2010 was fantastic and now I know my way round I hope I am able break into the top three this year."

 

Reports for each for the races will be posted online after the event.

 

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