The Dutch Championship for historic touring cars and GTs (pre-1966) was very competitive this year. The opening races took place at the circuit of Imola in Italy, but the first points were awarded in May at Zandvoort. Here, it was Bob Stevens who performed very well in his Lotus Elan. Frans van Maarschalkerwaart (Shelby Mustang) and Brian Lambert (Ginetta G4) also scored maximum points at Zandvoort. Mark Dols, the 2017 champion, took the brave decision to adapt his Marcos 1800 to the stricter 2018 rules, fitting SU carbs and narrower wheels. He still proved to be the man to beat in his class. After races at Spa and Assen, the Catawiki NK HTGT returned to Zandvoort for the Historic Grand Prix. This time it was Stevens who failed. Lambert and Dols scored again, while the fastest men in the heavily occupied big touring car class, the pairing of Martin Bijleveld / Jaap van der Ende and former champion Norbert Gross, both in Ford Falcons, also did good business. The decisive two races took place at the Nürburgring. The title fight was to be between Mark Dols and Brian Lambert, but in the first race neither of these two managed to score full points. This brought Norbert Gross into the picture. However, Lambert still had a minimal lead. In the final race, Lambert, Dols and Gross had one mission: winning their repective class, while hoping for bad luck for the competition. Brian Lambert does not have a limited slip differential in his Ginetta G4 and that seemed to seal his fate. Arch rival Nigel Winchester had already won the class in the first race in his Ginetta with LSD and would undoubtedly repeat the trick. Thus, Norbert Gross seemed to be on course for the title. Halfway through the race, however, Winchester fell back, his gearbox stuck in third. Driving his 982 cc Ginetta G4, the smallest car in the field, Brian Lambert saw his chance, took the class win and with that sealed the championship. He is the 2018 Catawiki Dutch champion HTGT. Congratulations!
Final championship standings are HERE.