British teenager Michael Lyons has run away with victory in the Total Oil International Sports Cars race at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.
The 19-year-old took his thumping 8.8-litre March 717 – which is owned by his father -- to a 24-second victory over Victorian Alex Davison (Porsche 936-81) in the five-lap race, with Russell Kempnich (Porsche 956C) in third position.
Lyons has enjoyed a dream fortnight in Australia, after also clean-sweeping the sports car races at the Phillip Island classic event last weekend.
Lyons’ imperious form was reflected in his fastest lap, which was a whopping four seconds faster than the next best.
The one driver who looked capable of taking it up to Lyons at Albert Park was fellow- Briton Andrew Newall, but he was black-flagged on lap three after smoke started billowing from his 8800cc McLaren M8F.
After Newall’s demise, Davidson and Kempnich were just too far behind Lyons to pose any threat.
Rick Hall (Matra Simca) was a lonely fourth, from Rusty French (Porsche 935) and Rob Tweedie (Elfin MS7). Only 25 of the 33 starters finished the shortened race, which was originally slated as an eight-lapper.
The sports cars only appeared on track once at Albert Park, as the opening race was cancelled after F1 qualifying on late Saturday was strung out – and eventually delayed – as Melbourne experienced heavy rain and fading light.