Masters Historic Racing CanAm Interserie Challenge is go

Masters Historic Racing will team up with Peter Schleifer’s Canadian American Challenge Cup in 2012 to promote a four-round series for CanAm and Interserie sports racing cars.

Called the CanAm Interserie Challenge, the series will cater for sports-prototypes from 1971 and 1978 plus Can Am cars from 1966 to 1974. The aim is to enhance the existing Interserie Revival series by embracing a larger number of CanAm cars to challenge the 2-litre ad 3-litre sports racing cars.

Races will be run at Barcelona (April 21/22), Brands Hatch (May 26/27), Spa-Francorchamps (September 21-23) and Donington Park (October 13/14).

Masters Historic Racing Event Manager Rachel Bailey said: “This is a great step forward for the CanAm and Interserie classes. The cars are powerful, spectacular and great crowd-pleasers but that section of the sport has been fragmented in recent seasons. We are aiming to give drivers races at key venues and increase the number of European cars from the Interserie days. Interserie was the European equivalent of CanAm and there are plenty of cars around that will fit in and be competitive. We have had some great cars on the grids in the past and now with cars from mainland Europe coming to race as well, we should have a series that goes from strength to strength. In addition, the series will be solely for sports racing cars as we will no longer allow Touring 70s into the series as they are catered for in the Masters 70s Celebration races.”

Peter Schleifer said: “We are very pleased to be working with Masters during 2012 for four out of the eight events for the Canadian American Challenge Cup this year.  We hope we can help make our joint venture of the CanAm Interserie Challenge a fantastic series for these great cars.  We will be running with Masters at Barcelona in April which will be a great place to see the cars in action and with stability in regulations and organisation, I am sure more cars will join us during the season.”

There will be three classes for sports-prototypes based on age and engine size and two classes for CanAm cars, split at the end of 1969.