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A pair of stunning Rouse Sport-built Ford Sierra RS500s will be among the most photographed newcomers in the HSCC Super Touring Championship this season in the skilled hands of Julian Thomas and Sean McInerney. Thomas, founder of the Racelogic concern – whose VBOX data loggers are essential equipment to historic racers the world over – bought his 1989 car last month and aims to debut it at the Silverstone Classic in July. “I bought it as Guy Edwards’ car, then discovered that (four-time British Touring Car champion) Andy Rouse had raced it. That’s brilliant, because I worked with him on his Super Touring Toyota Carinas,” said Thomas.
On 19-22 April the Terre di Canossa will begin its 600km journey through the art cities and sites of natural beauty in Tuscany, Liguria and Emilia. Brought to you by Scuderia Tricolore, of Cento Ore fame, the Canossa goes at a different pace and gives competitors more time to savour the lunches and dinners, the palaces and places of cultural and natural heritage that these regions have to offer. Salsomaggiore Terme, La Spezia, Portovenere, Lerici and the Cinque Terre, Forte de Marmi, Lucca, Pisa and Reggio Emilia are all on the menu, with special tests and regularity sections including a visit to the Autodromo di Varano along the way. Though the cut off date for cars is 1976, the pace and the route are also suitable for pre-war cars.
Run in collaboration with Flavien and Vanessa Marçais of Automobiles Historiques, the Historic Sports Car Club has announced a 4-round Pre-’80 Endurance Series calendar for 2018, with a new, revised format of two 30-minute sprint races per weekend. For sports racing, GT and touring cars from international racing through the 1970s, the series includes an invitation class for Sports 2000 cars up to 1984 and, new this year, an invitation class for Can-Am.