NK HTGT wows the crowd during Gamma Racing Day
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After a short 3-week break the Delta Lloyd Xclusief NK HTGT returned to the Assen TT-circuit for the Gamma Racing Day(s), providing spectacular racing in front of packed grandstands.
At the start of the first race it was Georg Nolte with his Ford GT40 who delivered the excitement. Edging forward before the lights changed, he then stopped just when everyone else got going, then took off like a rocket in pursuit of the leaders. He was too fast as it turned out, spinning in the first corner in front of just about the entire field. Luckily everyone managed to avoid him. Polesitter Alexander van der Lof (Bizzarini 5300) took the lead, but only as far as the Veenslang straight, where Michiel Campagne pulled alongside in his Corvette Grand Sport. The fight between these two would last for the entire race. Roland Zoomers in the Jaguar could only watch them draw away in third. Ford Falcon-mounted Frits Campagne, Lars Esselius and Boudewijn Bijleveld fought for fourth. Campagne let the other two draw ahead, a wise move as things got very fraught at times. After several laps Bijleveld spun when his seatbelt had worked loose. Esselius then hit a tyre barrier and had to let Jos Stevens (Lotus Elan) past, but he managed to stay ahead of Frits Campagne. The Geert Timmer chicane was the scene of many a spectacular outbraking manoeuvre. Leo Landman deserves particular mention for late braking, passing Harmen van Putten in his Corvette Stingray on just about every lap, only to watch in frustration as the big V8 would pull past his Lotus Cortina on the following straight.
In the second race, Michiel Campagne and Alexander van der Lof resumed their battle. Van der Lof managed to stay ahead for the first four laps, but then had to slow down. Georg Nolte cautiously moved up through the field. The 40.000+ spectators would undoubtedly have preferred him to be more aggressive. They were denied a battle for the lead, since he only came as far as third. Roland Zoomers was shadowed by Jos Stevens for many laps, but the Lotus driver just couldn’t find a way past. Esselius once again won the touring car battle, Frits Campagne being content with second, which was enough for him to retain the championship lead.