12th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
23 - 25 April 2021
Race E: Lyons (Surtees) beats Hall (McLaren) by surprise
It took only one move, in the Beau Rivage uphill straight to the Casino, at the very beginning of Lap 1, for Michael Lyons, in his blue Surtees TS9, to surprise Stuart Hall who had started in pole in his white McLaren M19 carrying the famous Yardley livery. And it definitely was the move of the morning because Lyons then managed to win the race, after resisting fiercely to all of Hall’s attacks, especially at la Rascasse.
The battle was everywhere in this Race E, as David Shaw, in his special March 721 Eifelland once driven by Rolf Stommelen, battled during 12 laps with Jamie Constable’s Brabham BT 37. At the very end, in the last lap, the two cars collided at the Piscine but Constable still managed to reach the finish line and to climb on the podium, while Shaw lost his 4th place to Roald Goethe in his orange McLaren.
The Cups, offered by HRH Prince Albert of Monaco to the winner, and by the ACM to Hall and Constable, were handed by Géry Mestre, the chairman of the Historic Cars Commission at Automobile Club de Monaco.