Hockenheim Historic – The Thunder Returns – In August

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The continued uncertainty due to COVID, has resulted in the postponement of the Bosch Hockenheim Historic race meeting, originally scheduled for 7-9 May, and now with a provisional date of 27-29 August.  With Formula Junior, HSCC Formula 2, the HGPCA historic Grand Prix cars, Youngtimers and the first Group C race of the season amongst the races on the programme, the meeting promised a lot of variety and quality on the grids.  Sadly, the HGPCA cannot fit the new date into its crowded calendar, but it is hoped that all the other  grids will be present on the new date.

The Group C race, organised by Zoe Copas, is to be known as the Group C Super Cup, and drivers have shown a high level of interest in what for many will be their first outing since 2019.  The last time these cars raced at Hockenheim was in the 1000kms WEC race in July of 1985.  With encouragement from sponsors, more Super Cup races for next season are being planned.

In addition to the more regular Group C teams, there will be a meeting of old friends who raced these cars back in 1985.   Amongst the special guest drivers will be Frank Jelinski, Stanley Dickens and John Graham, who raced in the 1985 Le Mans 24hrs, with Frank and John driving the C2 Labatt Gebhardt JC853 and Stanley the C2 Strandell 85.  Frank had been a regular driver of Gebhardt cars since 1984 and for the 1985 1000kms  at Spa, all three shared the Team Labatt Gebhardt JC853, coming in 12th overall.  The trio will be reunited with their period Gebhardt cars for the first time since 1987.  For entry information see www.groupcsupercup.com.

Hanging over all of this, and the rest of the racing and rally season, are the continuing changes in travel restrictions from county to country.  Hopefully by August all of these will have been lifted

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