Keith Holland of Britain won the penultimate race of the European 5000 sport Championship at Brands hatch in England on Sunday (24 October) in his Lola 400 Chevrolet.
GV Cars starting from pits in European 5000 Championship race, Brands Hatch, U.k.
SV Crowd in stand
GV start of race
GVs Cars round bend and into straight (4 shots)
GV Magee in number three rounds bend followed by Holland in No. 25
GV Holland along straight ZOOM BACK TO Magee
GV Holland round bend
GV Holland taking chequered flag from Robarts in No. 27 (second) and Tony Rouff in number 30
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Keith Holland of Britain won the penultimate race of the European 5000 sport Championship at Brands hatch in England on Sunday (24 October) in his Lola 400 Chevrolet.
SYNOPSIS: The Sport 5,000 sponsored by an international oil company, is for single-seater cars with maximum engine capacity of five litres. Thirty five cars qualified in practice for Sunday's event, with entrants from Britain, Ireland, Italy, the United States, Australia, Spain and Belgium. Among the favourites were Derek Bell of Britain in a Formula One Penske Ford Cotsworth -- but he suffered a broken gear lever during the race. Despite limping to the finishing line by changing gear directly from the engine by hand, he failed to take a place. But before his breakdown he did have the satisfaction of breaking the lap record by four-tenths of a second -- covering two and a half mile (four kilometres) circuit at 113.63 miles per hour (181 kilometres per hour). The race carried first prize money of GBP1,250 sterling (about 2,000 U.S. dollars). The Championship final is also at Brands Hatch on November the seventh.
Damien Magee of Ireland in his number three TBN, followed by Holland in number 25 Lola Chevrolet, driving for a British company, E.L. Gibbs Racing.
Holland, who started in pole position, drove superbly-- never falling below second place throughout the race. Magee was eventually unplaced -- but he did give Holland a challenge at one stage.
Holland took the chequered flag from second-placed Richard Robarts of Britain in his number 27 March Hart. Third was another Englishman, Brian Henton, in a Boxer Swindon. Holland's winning time -- 33 minutes 56.2 seconds for the 24 laps.