New Series for Group A
One of the most memorable eras of motor racing was the first five years of Group A. The European Championship was healthy and the national series were rising. In the big class Rover, Holden, Jaguar, BMW, Ford and the old Volvos battled it out, and there was close racing in the 1600 and 2500cc classes as well. Nowadays, these cars are racing with the much faster FIA J2 cars, like Cosworth Sierra and BMW M3 and sometimes even with the Super Tourers of the late ‘90s.
Group A Volvo driver Peggen Andersson wants to see these cars run again in their own group and has plans for a new mini-series of three race weekends for this category of cars, starting in 2021. The Swede says he wants to create the feeling that existed before the ETC was ditched in the late ‘80s. “I want to have the races on the circuits that were used then and have not had any major changes. Therefore, I would like to have the three races at tracks like Spa, Nürburgring and Donington,” he says.
The plan is to have one or two one-hour races with two drivers and a pit stop that varies depending how quick the car model is. “I guess there are somewhere between 50 and 100 Group A cars in Europe that can be accepted for this series. The trick is to get in touch with all of them and keep them informed,” says Peggan. To do that he has created a web page where those with cars or with the intention of getting one, can register. “Already we have around 30 cars on our list but we need twice as many. Interesting is that a small country like Norway has seven cars that can race in this series, and they didn’t even have any Group A series in the ‘80s. There is a project to build a replica of the famous Jaguar XJS and even a Holden Commodore, in Norway.”
If you have a car, or intend to get one, and are interested in such a series, please register at www.group-a.se.