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July 22 2018

Silverstone Classic

The Silverstone circuit hosted the 28th annual historic race and welcomed more than 100,000 enthusiasts to see more than 1,000 racing cars covering eight decades of motorsport history. This year the 21-race program delivered huge grids, often totaling over 50 cars. Including Formula One, GT, sports and touring cars from the golden eras of racing.

With the circuit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the very first Grand Prix to be held at Silverstone, the Classic featured a number of Grand Prix cars that had run at the original circuit all those years ago, including a trio of ERAs plus a pair of Maseratis. The outstanding number of Formula Junior cars on the track totalled over 100 including U2, Lotus and Terrier.

As usual the historic sports cars provided an excellent RACTT race with Cobras, Jaguar E types and Astons going for the chequered flag. In the end it was the Cobra of Martin Hunt and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards that took the winner's laurels.

In the Stirling Moss Trophy for Pre ’61 Sports Cars the first two places were taken by Lister Jaguars with first place going to Chris Ward.

Aston Martin was celebrating various anniversaries and several models took to the track for a parade including a DB1.

The track then echoed to the sound of Formula 1 cars as Hesketh, Tyrrell and Ligier battled in FIA Masters Historic Formula One race with the winner being Nick Padmore in his ex-Carlos Reutemann Williams FW07C.

At dusk the International Trophy for Classic GT Cars (Pre ’66) was run with AC Cobras, TVR Griffiths and Jaguar E-types, but in the end it was Jake Hill in his Lotus Elan who took the winner's trophy. The other evening race was the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars in which Lolas took the first three places.

A new race for this year was the Masters Endurance Legends race that featured Lolas, Astons a Dallara.with a Lola taking the honours.

In the Under 2 Litre Touring Cars race, the 2012 World Touring Car Champion, Rob Huff, brought an iconic Ford Lotus Cortina home first with an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA in second place.

Saloon cars festured heavily on the bright and sunny Sunday wth Rickard Rydell in a Volvo S70 who finished second to the Honda Accord of James Dodd. John Cleland in a Vauxhall Vectra took the third podium place.

Father and son Nick and Harry Whale had a convincing win in the Historic Touring Car Challenge driving a BMW M3 E30, with another BMW in secondplace.

The Sunday running of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One saw Nick Padmore repeat his Saturday win in his Williams FW07C. The Henry Hope-Frost Award went to second place driver, Michael Lyons in his Hesketh 308E.

After some spirited driving in the Masters Endurance Legends Steve Tandy repeated his Saturday success by bringing his Lola B12/60 home in first place. The other places being filled by Herve Regout driving a Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2 and David Porter in third place in his Peugeot 908 LMP1.

Various personalities were at the event including six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy who acheived sixth position overall in a Courage LC75 in the Masters Endurance Legends.

In Historic Formula Junior race Sam Wilson collected his second victory of the weekend to receive the Jochen Rindt Trophy driving his Lotus 20/22.

The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars went to Gary Pearson in his superb Jaguar D-type.

The Yokohama Trophy for Club Car of the Show went to Allan Southward for his Aston Martin DB1, while the Ferrari Owners Club was handed the Adrian Flux Trophy for the Best Car Club Display.

Details of the 2019 event are here




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