Pre ’72 Sports-Racing Cars

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Lola T70 of Lynn and Haddon

Lola T70 of Lynn and Haddon

While the Group C cars re-live the 1980s, an earlier era of World-class sports car racing is brought back to life in the 1000km series for pre '72 sports-racing cars and the hour-long race will wrap up Saturday's Donington Historic Festival 2013 in style! Designed to re-create the famous 1000km races of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the grid is full of wonderful machinery from a golden era of sports car racing. With Lola T70s and Ford GT40s to the fore, the spectacle of Le Mans from 40 years ago will be evoked as the sun starts to set on Saturday. The thundering Lola T70 Mk3B is one of the most spectacular sports cars of a generation, with five litres of Chevrolet power mated to a first-class chassis from the Huntingdon marque. Last year, the coupe versions of the T70 packed out the top of the field to claim three of the top four positions, with Martin Stretton sharing victory with car owner David Copolowe. This year, Stretton will team up with Grant Tromans to try and repeat that success and, though Tromans does not yet have a lot of T70 seat time, his former experience in modern TVR Tuscans should serve him well. Always one of the T70s to betat is the car of Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield, while Shaun Lynn and Andrew Haddon make another strong pairing, along with Gary Pearson and Carlos Monteverde. In earlier spyder versions of the T70 will be solo drivers Marshall Bailey and Philip Hall. The car most likely to take the fight to the T70s is the McLaren M1C of Roger Willis, while from the two-litre ranks the flying Chevron B8 of Sandy Watson and Martin O'Connell will be busy slaying giants. With a brace of Ford GT40s and more Chevrons, it also adds up to a glorious spectacle.Tags: