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Circuit des Remparts Angoulême
Traditionally held in mid September (this year 14-16), the Circuit des Remparts came under new management last year, as Michel Loreille and his team picked up the ball very late in the season and made the best of what had already been instigated by the outgoing organisers. This year they have had time to prepare and innovate, and while some of the successful grids remain on the programme, there are some changes too. The Plateaux Raymond Sommer and Maurice Trintignant for under and over 1500cc pre-war cars respectively, remain, as does the ever-popular Bugatti race, now named in honour of Retromobile founder and Bugatti exponent Marc Nicolosi. The Beltoise and Greder grids this year are for GT, touring and sports racers built before and after 1965. Gone are the Legendary Circuits invited grids, and in their place there will be races for Frazer Nash cars, so popular with the many Brits that travel to Angoulême each year, and the Plateau Louis Rosier, for Le Mans and Mille Biglia-Type cars of the ‘50s.
Guido Belgiorno-Nefis took five victories from five races in his Ferrari 156/85 Photos Neil Hammond
Australia’s leading historic race meeting, the Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport featured a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Formula 5000 over the March 9-11 weekend. Excited spectators and pit crews watched 24 of the V8 cars generate some 12,000 plus horsepower in breathtaking rolling starts with the blue seas of the Bass Strait as a backdrop. The weather was the envy of Europe as sunshine bathed paddock and undulating circuit. Phillip Island is notorious for its changeable weather, but the rain held off for the whole weekend, with perfect blue skies, fast track conditions and an electric atmosphere.
There’s No Business Like Snow Business
Marcus Pye reports
Racing in snow was an unwelcome novelty to most competitors, marshals, officials and spectators, faced with that scenario at Goodwood’s 76th Members’ Meeting – the fifth of the 21st century and 50th of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon’s modern era – on March 17-18. Then again, Britain’s weather is notoriously fickle. Beautiful sunshine and 13C on Friday raised hopes that the vernal equinox had come a few days early and that forecasters were wrong, but a wind change saw temperatures plunge to minus figures overnight and the sky remain a sullen grey.