Rossi does the double in GP Masters at Zandvoort

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Manfredo Rossi di Montelera in his Lotus 80Manfredo Rossi di Montelera took a second win of the weekend in GP Masters at Zandvoort as his Lotus 80 dominated the Formula 1 grid. Starting from pole position, Rossi headed Christophe D’Ansembourg’s McLaren M26, which tried to stay with the Lotus over the early laps. However, when D’Ansembourg made a small error leaving the Hugenholtzbocht, he lost too mush time and was unable to get back on to terms with the fleet Italian. Behind the top two raged a wonderful battle between a fast-starting Ron Maydon (Amon F101) and Ian Simmonds (Tyrrell 012). For lap after lap, Simmonds tried to find a way past the Masters supremo, but Maydon defended stoically. Eventually, Simmonds found a way by on the outside at the Tarzan Hairpin and charged off in pursuit of D’Ansembourg, missing out on second place by six-tenths of a second but taking his first Masters podium. Maydon, meanwhile, lost out to Andrew Beaumont (Lotus 76/1) and then suffered a misfire on the last lap. Rossi was a delighted victor in his Lotus 80, a car to new to him this season. “It’s been a great weekend,” he said. “The car has gone really well and two wins is a dream result.” The next stop for GP Masters is Spa-Francorchamps on September 21-23.Tags: