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28th June 2007
FISC EuroTour 2007: DUTCH ARE MUSTARD AT DIJON
Dutch drivers Pieter Bakker and Hans Dullaert were the stars of the show at the second FISC EuroTour weekend of the season at the prestigious Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or event at Dijon, on June 22 to24.
Wet qualifying on Friday morning had really shaken up what is often the established order, Dullaert taking his first pole position with a stunning lap time, over two seconds clear of class 2 leader, Englishman, Chris Dear, also in his best ever position.
Having almost destroyed the front end of his MkII Midget in a first lap collision at the high speed Courbe de Pouas in race one, Dullaert was back in action on Saturday morning courtesy of some amazing rebuild work by the Dutch Classic Car Clinic team.
In conditions which were the worst experienced by many of the leading FISC drivers, Dullaert was in a class of his own, cutting through the torrential rain from the back of the grid, to take a simply amazing victory, some 23 seconds clear of fellow countryman, Bakker. To add to the fairy tale story, which included a fastest lap almost four seconds clear of his closest rival, Dullaert underwent heart valve replacement surgery in March of this year.
Bakker had also been a victim of the first lap oil which claimed Dullaert and others in race one, but had managed to recover to take second place behind English driver Adam Cunnington, another first lap spinner.
The wet race two saw Bakker repeat his second place, rounding off his weekend by guiding his superb Monza Sprite to another second overall and first in Class in the final race of the weekend.
The next event in the 2007 FISC EuroTour schedule is at the Nordschleife over the weekend of August 18 and 19.
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