Historic Formula 2

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Grant Tromans in the Chevron B42 exits the Schwantz Curve section in the Historic F2 race

Grant Tromans in the Chevron B42 exits the Schwantz Curve section in the Historic F2 race

From the late 1960s through into the early 1980s, the singleseater ladder was much clearer than it is today. Formula 2 was widely accepted as the prime proving ground for aspiring grand prix racers and most of the drivers who rose to the very top of the sport had F2 racing on their CV. Starting as a 1600cc category in the late 1960s and evolving into a 2-litre category in the early 1970s, Formula 2 provided superb racing accross Europe and highlighted talents like future World Champions Niki Lauda, Jody Scheckter, Jochen Rindt and Emerson Fittipaldi. Today, the 1600cc and 2-litre cars from the era up to the end of 1978 race in the Historic Formula 2 Championship, which is managed by the Historic Sports Car Club. This weekend's races mark the start of the championship season, which takes in some of Europe's finest tracks, although some of the drivers contested a pair of non-championship races at Thruxton over Easter. At Thruxton, two drivers enacted a fierce contest for victory as they shared the wins and it is probable that they will rejoin that contest this weekend. Martin O'Connell (Chevron B40) and Nick Fleming (Ralt RT1) were both aspiring young single-seater racers 20 years ago and both are now enjoying racing in the historic arena. The competition between these two very quick and determined racers will be a highlight of the weekend. However, sure to get right into contention is Andrew Smith (March 742), who has taken to F2 cars with aplomb. If F2 ace Martin Stretton is confirmed in his March 742, this quartet will make a fabulous spectacle. Other potential front runners include Peter Meyrick (March 782), Mark Dwyer (March 742) and Chevron racers David Wild and Grant Thomas. From mainland Europe will come a gaggle of drivers including Alain Lagache from France and Swiss duo Luciano Arnold and Daniel Sauer.Tags:,