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Huge Superprix Entry Will Blast The Past Into Brands Hatch
Posted by: newsla on Jul 04, 2014 - 06:28 AM
Huge Superprix Entry Will Blast The Past Into Brands Hatch

More than 350 classic cars will contest the 18-race Historic Sports Car Club Superprix on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit next weekend (12/13 July), bringing the fantastic high-speed sights and sounds of rare single seaters, sports cars, GTs and saloons, plus famous competitors Tiff Needell and John Cleland.


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A big 36-car entry is set to battle for the Derek Bell Trophy, which will be contested by Formula 5000 V8-powered brutes, nimble Formula 2 racers, plus Formula 3 and Formula Atlantic machinery. Many of the cars will have been seen at Brands Hatch in their heyday, including the fondly remembered Race of Champions meetings. Amongst these is the Chevron B24 that won the 1973 event with Peter Gethin at the wheel, which will be handled by FIA Historic F1 Champion Greg Thornton. Former F1 driver Ian Ashley and Grand Prix mechanic-turned racer Ian Flux will also join a field that includes historic single seater maestro Michael Lyons.

The largest entry of the weekend, however, is reserved for the Guards Trophy, which is set to feature a huge 47-car grid - another race that recalls Brands Hatch’s rich past, when sports racers and GTs would compete under the same name in the 1960s. The list of competing machinery includes a sizeable contingent of Chevrons, Jaguar E-Types, Lotus Elans and MGBs, amongst many favourites from the swinging decade.

Further sports and GT entertainment can be found amongst the ranks of the Historic Road Sports categories, with over 50 entries spread between 60s and 70s categories. Classic British marques will battle against European rivals, including a rare Alfa Romeo Disco Volante and DeTomaso Mangusta, whilst Japan is also represented with the fondly-remembered Datsun Z cars.

Aside from the Derek Bell Trophy, more than 150 single seaters will compete in contests for Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula Junior and Formula Ford cars. Amongst their drivers will be TV presenter and former Grand Prix racer Tiff Needell, entering the Formula Ford that he won in a competition organised by Autosport Magazine, and in which he launched his driving career over 40 years ago.

The meeting will also feature many classic saloon cars in the Historic Touring Car Championship, which recalls the multi-class early days of the BTCC. Nimble European tin-tops, including Lotus Cortinas, Minis and Hillman Imps will do battle with the big American Ford Mustang of engine tuner Neil Brown, and a Studebacker Lark Daytona 500, campaigned by former BTCC racer Nick Whale. The latter will also recall his years in the championship with double champion John Cleland as they take on a field of Super Touring Championship saloons from the 1990s.

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