at Silverstone Classic
A superb array of classic racing cars from the Masters Racing Series will form the core of the race action at the biggest historic racing festival in Britain this year, the Silverstone Classic on 25-27 July.
Five of the weekend's races will be for Masters’ race categories and a mighty total entry of over 180 cars will be fielded across the classes, making the Masters Racing Series the biggest race series promoter involved in the prestigious event.
The James Hunt Trophy for Grand Prix Masters will comprise two 25-minute races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday for a superb 30-car entry of Grand Prix cars from 1971 through to 1978. Star cars will include the ex-Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312B2 of James Hanson, having only its second race since the 1970s. Six racers from the USA will join the entry, while Belgian racer Paul Grant will campaign his unique Trojan T103, and Rob Hall is due to make the race debut of the unique 1970 De Tomaso 505.
One of the weekend's headline races will be the Denny Hulme Trophy for World Sportscar Masters, which runs into the dusk of Saturday evening to form a spectacular finish to the day's programme. The 90-minute race will have a capacity 44-car field, including eight Lola T70Mk3Bs, two Ford GT40s, 14 Chevrons and rare gems like the Ligier JS2 of Paul Knapfield and the Ferrari 512M of David Hart.
On Sunday another capacity 48-car grid of pre '66 saloon cars will contest the Jack Sears Trophy race for Top Hat Masters. With 21 American V8 racers in the field for the 40-minute race, it will be a fabulous spectacle. However, a tremendous array of Lotus Cortina, Alfa Romeo Giulias and BMW 1800s will do all they can to ensure that the American pack does not have things all its own way.
On Saturday, the Innes Ireland Trophy race for Gentleman Drivers and GT Sports Endurance Masters will run for an hour, with all the action and drama of pit-stops and driver changes. An incredible 72-car entry was been received for the 48 places on the grid, with a field that now includes three AC Cobras, three Chevrolet Corvettes and 12 Jaguar E-Types.
"We're delighted to be playing such a key role in the race programme for the Silverstone Classic," said Christopher Tate of the Masters Racing Series. "Clearly, the event has captured the imagination of our competitors and we are looking forward to a hugely successful weekend for everyone concerned."