HRDC Celebrates The Golden Years Of The BTCC

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e8530a1e-2d64-4a1c-b248-c157a964e958Two historic races to celebrate Britain's premier Touring Car Championship 1958-1966
In homage to the formative years of the BTCC, the HRDC will present two feature races which illustrate the varied makes and models which were instrumental in pioneering Britain's premier Touring Car championship. The races are titled as 'The History of the BTCC 1958 - 1966' and will take place on Silverstone's Grand Prix circuit (supporting the Brticar24 event on 25 April) and at the Donington Historic Festival (3 May). These two races follow the successful running of this innovative historic race format at last year's Donington Historic Festival, where the 36-car grid was over-subscribed, despite only being announced at very short notice. Early (pre-1960) cars will come from the HRDC's 'Touring Greats' Series and will feature entries such as ex-BTCC star Mike Jordan's rapid Austin A40 (emulating the great Doc Shepherd's A40) and 1990 BTCC Champion Robb Gravett, sharing the drive with his son Bradley, in an HRDC Academy Austin A35 - recreating the precocious style of Graham Hill's 'Speedwell' entry. Later era cars will revive the titanic battles between Mustangs, Galaxies, Cortinas, Jaguars and Minis which hallmarked the BTCC as a perennial crowd-pleasing championship, one which has rightfully enthralled to the present day. HRDC Race Director, Julius Thurgood, commented: "When I was approached by the organisers of the Donington Historic Festival in 2014 to come up with a twist on the historic touring car race format, I immediately proposed this homage to the early years of the BTCC, which after all created some of the most memorable touring car battles of all time. "Although given only five weeks' notice to build the event, such was the take-up that we fielded a full grid! Feedback after the race was so positive that I took the decision to run two races in 2015, with an ongoing view to building the format into a regular HRDC Series". Entry for both races is still open and forms can be downloaded from these links: Silverstone: Donington:
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