Touring Car Legends To Revive Old Rivalries At Brands Hatch This Month
BTCC’s halcyon era headlines annual Historic Superprix on Grand Prix circuit
The Historic Superprix will recall the BTCC’s golden age with Tim Harvey returning to the wheel of an 80s Sierra RS500.
The annual Historic Superprix returns to Brands Hatch next weekend (13/14 July) and joining the classic cars on the Grand Prix circuit will be a few big names from the past recalling old rivalries!
A new era in historic racing is recalled with the Supertouring Trophy, which revives the golden days of the British Touring Car Championship. The series, which includes both the flame-spitting turbos from the 80s and manufacturer-dominated 90s, has even captured the imagination of drivers from that time and three BTCC legends will be back on the grid at Brands Hatch.
Champions Tim Harvey and John Cleland will be joining Patrick Watts as they race wheel-to-wheel once more. BTCC commentator Harvey steps back into a Ford Sierra RS500 from the 80s, whilst Cleland has elected to recall the 90s era with a Vauxhall Vectra, as has Watts, who will race his old Peugeot 406.
Watts, a regular historic racer, said: “I think everybody will say ‘we’re going to take it easy and these are historic cars, however when the flag drops all that will stop and we’ll be out there to do as well as we can. There are some good drivers out there with existing cars and they’re used to driving them but nevertheless I will give it my everything, I think people will remember the noise they make, they sound very good.”
The Supertouring Trophy joins existing historic races at the Superprix, including a Touring Car race for the older cars from the 60s. Back then American muscle cars battled nimble European saloons and next weekend Ford Galaxies, Mustangs and Falcons will face Lotus Cortinas, Minis and Hillman Imps.
The Brands Hatch Historic Superprix features a packed bill, including the Derek Bell Trophy for powerful single seaters. (Photo courtesy of Az Edwards)
There are also races for single seaters, including the Derek Bell Trophy for powerful Formula 2 and Formula 5000 cars, which will be stretching their legs on the Grand Prix circuit. Close battles from the 60s and 70s are expected in the Formula 3 and Formula Ford races too.
Sportscar fans can look forward to classic GTs including Cobras, E-Types, Lotuses and MGs racing alongside sports racers from Lola and McLaren too. Historic racers relish competing on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, one of the few classic circuits to retain its essential layout.
Tickets for the Historic Superprix at Brands Hatch on 13/14 July are available from £18 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.brandshatch.co.ukTags:Classic car racing