July 2020

News from the UK.......

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Goodwood Cancelled

As we went to press with our July issue, news came from Goodwood that both the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival meetings have been cancelled for this year. Lord March and his team held out for as long as possible in the hopes of staging both events later in the year, but it is just not possible for these events, which rely on the presence of large numbers of spectators and sponsors, to go ahead under current restrictions.

Behind Closed Doors

Dependant as it is on the public to come in large numbers, the mega Silverstone Classic was cancelled for this year and, with the strange quarantine rules in place in the UK, club racing will no doubt be the beneficiary, as the clubs can run without spectators for the benefit of their members. For the moment, sporting events, including motor sports, must be run ‘behind closed doors’, which is to say without spectators and with a limited number of people in each team.

The Portuguese Season

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Portugal is one of the least hard hit countries by COVID 19. Authorities there closed borders and locked down early, and now Portugal is enjoying the fruits of such prudent management with a pretty full schedule of racing for the rest of the season. They also have the advantage of good weather in the south late into the year. New on the calendar is a meeting organised at the last minute at the Algarve circuit, where the Portuguese Championships, Iberian Endurance, Group 1 Portugal and remaining championships plus Caterhams and Kia Trophy will run. Calendars for the two main historic championships are as follows:

Making up for Lost (Track) Time

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After two months of only being able to report postponements and cancellations, we are very pleased to have received news from the V de V organisation that the Deux Tours d’Horloge, scheduled for 6-8 November at Paul Ricard is very much on! The Deux Tours is the only 24-hour race reserved solely for historic cars. Unlike some of its predecessors that ran in two 12-hour heats, this year the race will run continuously for 24 hours. So, those who missed out early in the season can indulge themselves in many hours of racing, all in a single 24-hour day.

 

Green Light for French Championships

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The undulating hills surrounding the Algarve circuit will once again be reverberating to the sound of well-tuned racing engines

The French “deconfinement” of the population will allow the 2020 season of the Historic Tour (the French Historic Circuits Championship) to start on 17-19 July on the circuit of Albi, at a race meeting originally scheduled to take place in April. In accordance with other postponed dates already announced, the Championship will then continue at Dijon on 14-16 August and then Charade on 28-30 August. As in most countries, the autumn will prove crowded with race meetings at Nogaro and Val de Vienne on 11-13 and 25-27 September respectively, as well as HVM Racing non-championship meetings at Dijon (2-4 October) and the Bugatti Le Mans Circuit on 16-17 October.

Major US Events Cancelled

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Regrettably WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s new management team has cancelled the 2020 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, yet another event to fall victim to COVID-19.

In a July 12 statement that included all the usual remarks about public and staff safety, President and General Manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s John Narigi said, “As was our plan, we waited until June before making a final decision. No matter how much we hoped, no one can fully anticipate what state mandates will be in place that will affect public events and social gatherings.”

GP de Monaco – Past, Future and Present in 2021

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Having announced the cancellation of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique for 2020, it was initially envisaged to wait until it’s natural date in 2022 for it to run again. This was largely due to the E-Grand Prix, run in alternate years in the May slot occupied in even numbered years by the Historique. However, by popular demand, the ACM has decided to run three Grands Prix next year, the Historique, which will take place on the earlier date of 23-25 April, the E-Prix on 8 May, and the F1 Grand Prix on 20-23 May, making a month of motor sport in the Principality, representing the past, future and present.  It is envisaged that the Historique will then go back to its formula of alternate years, which means a special treat for historic racers, as it will also run on 13-15 May 2022.

“To organise three races in the space of one month will be a premiere for us all at the ACM,” commented Christian Tornatore, the General Commissioner of the Automobile Club de Monaco. “The logistical side promises to be complex, but not impossible to manage! Because of the new constraints, we shall need to start setting up the track earlier than usual, at the end of February, instead of mid-March.”

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The Scandinavian Calendar

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Bengt-Åce Gustavsson fills us in on how the Scandinavian season is shaping up…

Historic Racing in Sweden:

All racing in Sweden was banned during April, May and June. Now we are hoping that we can start racing in July, but we don´t know for sure. I´ll give you the calendar as it looks today: The opening round at Kinnekulle should have been raced in the middle of May, but is now moved to 5-6 September. The biggest race, Velodromloppet GP in Karlskoga, is moved to 9-11 October. Svenskt Sportvagnsmeeting at Ring Knutstorp is now postponed to next year. Our best hope is that the race meeting at Mantorp on 21-23 August will take place as scheduled, along with Falkenberg on 18-20 September.

The FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > The FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship

The schedule for the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship has been heavily impacted, but the FIA has come up with a plan to salvage the season, starting with the Rally Weiz, which has been confirmed for 5- 6 September. This will be followed by the Elba Storico (17-19 September) and the Rallye International du Valais (15-17 October) on their original dates, while new dates have been found for the Historic Vltava Rally (6-7 November) and the Rally Asturias Historico (27-28 November), making a five-round championship. Specific updates have been made to the Sporting Regulations of the Championship, first being the move from 1st July to 1st September for entry closing date to allow crews to register, and second, the number of results to count have been updated in accordance with the updated calendar.

The only round of the FIA Regularity Trophy, the Alpine Challenge, will take place on its original date of 2-4 October.

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > The FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship

International Historic Hill Climbing

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The FIA European Hillclimb Championship has also been reworked to give competitors five events and the points rules revised accordingly:

11-12 July Trento Bondone

1-2 August  Ecce Homo Sternberk

28-30 August GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica 18-20 September Buzetski Dani

25-27 September Coppa Chianti Classico

More generally speaking, the FIA, its Historic Motor Sport Commission, ASNs but also organisers have been working very hard to ensure the safety protocols necessary for motor sport to resume would be as clear as possible but also enforced at all levels. It looks like there is a strong will from the industry but also Competitors to come back on track.

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Rally Monte-Carlo Historique 2021

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Dates for the 2021 edition of the popular historic Monte have been set for 27 January-3 February with only one starting point. In the post-pandemic world, organisers of this major endurance regularity rally have decided that all competitors will start and end in Monte Carlo. They have written to authorities in Bad Homburg, Barcelona, Oslo, Reims and Milano, to inform them of their decision. 

The 2021 Monte will start and end in Monte-Carlo for all competitors

Historic Portugal Rally Confirmed

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The last uncertainties have been resolved and the organisers of the 2020 Rally de Portugal Histórico confirm their event will take place on the originally scheduled dates of 5-10 October. The 15th edition of this rally, considered by many to be “the most beautiful European regularity rally”, offers a route of some 2000kms with no fewer than 40 regularity tests.

Departure and arrival are at Estoril, and the rally forms part of what locals are promoting as Estoril car week, which includes the Estoril Classics race meeting at Estoril Circuit on 9-11 October (where rally drivers get to run a special stage), which has also been confirmed, and the concours d‘élégance in the town centre, rounded off by a gala dinner in Estoril Casino for all participants. The rally includes high-quality hotels and meals, luggage service and breakdown assistance. There are also options for car transport, reception of crews at the airport, and the possibility of joining a team for shared assistance. See www.rallyportugalhistoric.eu.

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RallyLegend Gets Go-Ahead

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > RallyLegend Gets Go-Ahead

Despite it usually attracting large international crowds, Vito Piarulli and Paolo Valli, the creators of RallyLegend, have decided to go ahead with the event on 8-11 October. “The support we’ve received both from the Government of the San Marino Republic and our sponsors has been crucial to us deciding to attempt such a feat. The format of the event is now being reviewed and we would like, as much as possible, to adhere to the original formula. The presence of the public from all over Europe and beyond, a true cornerstone of the event, will be managed according to the relevant San Marino government regulations,” said the organisers.

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British Championship Succumbs to COVID

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > British Championship Succumbs to COVID

One of Britain’s most popular historic rally championships, the HRCR Clubmans Championship, is the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although two rounds were run in February and March before the lockdown started, many rounds have now been cancelled and with only two possible events remaining on the calendar, the Historic Rally Car Register has pulled the plug on the 2020 championship for daylight historic rallies covering special tests and regularity sections.

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Balkan Classic Moves to Northern Poland for 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Balkan Classic Moves to Northern Poland for 2020

The revised Balkan Classic rally is set to run in the last half of September, with final dates still to be announced. Due to restrictions in its usual venue in Bulgaria, and in consideration of other pandemic-related difficulties, organiser Alexander Kovatchev has announced that the rally, for cars up to 1985 and Youngtimers up to 1990 running in a separate group, will be shortened to two days of rallying and one day of shakedown in Poland. The rally runs on a series of flat gravel and dirt roads in a balanced mix of open wide roads and forest roads with no reconnaissance. See https://balkanclassic.com for information and entries.

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Canossa Back in Action

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Italy having been the first country to go into lockdown when the coronavirus struck, it is now coming out the other side with an eagerness to get back to normal quickly, none more so than Canossa Events, who are planning a full schedule of rallies for the remainder of the year.

As we go to press the Stella Alpina, will be running from 26-28 June, limited this time to 40 cars in order to ensure safe distancing at social moments. With Americans either unable or unwilling to travel to Italy, Canossa is planning to bring Italy to them in the second half of August with a new Canossa Grand Tour in California, open to all Italian cars.

A new driving tour in the Alps will be the Grand Tour Dolomiti on 4-6 September, which will be run on classic mountain passes interspersed with Michelin-starred restaurants. The Terre di Canossa rally will go ahead on the revised date of 1-4 October with a modified programme utilising alternative locations that allow for better social distancing. The gala 10th anniversary dinner originally planned for this year, will be postponed to next year.

As previously reported, the Modena Cento Ore, Canossa’s only full speed competition event, will now take place on 11-15 October, again with a modified itinerary and alternative social venues. 

After a return to the US for an autumn rally in New England, the Canossa crew will set out in November for the United Arab Emirates Desert Tour, touring the deserts and mountains of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah.

As all of these events are subject to last-minute changes depending on prevailing rules and restrictions, long-term planning will be substituted this year by a just-in-time organisation, and Canossa is offering flexible registration and cancellation policies so that no one will lose an entry fee.

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Restarting Rallying

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Restarting Rallying

The global pandemic has had a massive impact on motor sport across the globe and rallying, in all its forms, has been particularly badly hit. Now, as the first shoots of recovery start to emerge, and racing will resume in Europe during July, rallying is set to be left behind in the early stages. How does rallying re-start in the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic? Rally EditorPaul Lawrence tries to make sense of a constantly evolving situation.

From Our July 2020 Letters Section, From Louis Quiniou

MAGAZINE  >  BITS & PIECES > From Our July 2020 Letters Section, From Louis Quiniou

Dear Carol, 

Thanks for the link of the May issue of HMRN, very funny article about the Reykjavik GP, a good read.

About Peter Collins’ article entitled The Time and Space Continuum, if of any interest to you, I started a lap time analysis back in the days I was working for Peter Auto that I continued up to 2016. I feel the article is of interest but misses quite a few things. Goodwood is probably the only place where one can compare lap times, given the circuit has not changed since its heyday, but of course it has been resurfaced. Anyway, the interesting fact is if you look at those values:

2006, Pre-66 Whitsun Trophy and best time by Frank Sytner in a Lola T70 Spyder is 1:22:513 and which was also the last year I believe that the T70s were allowed to run the front high downforce spoiler, which is now only possible if you run a McLaren M1 like Chris Godwin. Then comes the T70 times of 2012 (Pearson 1:19.703) and 2014 (Hart at 1:19.985), but what about 2016 and Padmore, who did a 1:17.079? All competent drivers, just like Hadfield. Both Pearson and Goodwin are even faster than the reference taken in HMRN but Padmore, another very competent driver, was really a break in terms of performance. Ever since 2016 it seems that the previous level of drivers chosen for the race has changed back to a more capable but enthusiast type, maybe a way for Goodwood to hide the fact that it was getting out of control. You may also remember the crash of Michiel Smits from the Netherlands and I guess things had to be calmed down.

From Our July 2020 Letters Section From Joel Wykeham

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Faster Now Than Then?

Not Faster Than an Arrows

Dear Carol,

Peter Collins’ excellent piece in the April issue about the relative speed differential of some cars now and in period, reminded me of the well documented case of the Arrows A4 F1 car.

In 1982 this basically sound but heavier Grand Prix design would get smoked every time by the likes of Williams, McLaren and Brabham. Despite having the same DFV engine and some highly competent drivers, it was, for example, over three seconds a lap slower than the leading FW08 at Brand Hatch that year, a huge gap by F1 standards. Fast forward to Historic F1 in 2014-2017 and talented amateur driver Steve Hartley was using an A4 to beat many of the pros in their period-superior machines. How was this possible? Much credit must go to Nigel Rees at GSD race dynamics. A very clever man who recently revealed he was once part of the support crew of the ‘good old boys’ Terry Sanger Camaro team at the Spa 24 Hours way back in 1973. His company has since developed increasingly sophisticated engineering and computer analysis capabilities for all manner of race cars. By recording detailed measurements and data, plus the use of potentiometers and software programming largely unavailable back then, they are able to make up for many of the advantages in dynamic road-holding, handling and aero efficiency that the bigger budget teams had at the time - and for much lower cost. The need for the ‘black art engineering’ role of a test driver is also thereby reduced to a minimum by science.

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