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While Club racing is restarting all over Europe and the US, those events that rely on large club and spectator participation have virtually all been cancelled for 2020. From Monterey to Goodwood, from Silverstone Classic to le Mans Classic, all have fallen victim to COVID.
These are the very events that require the most capital investment and huge amounts of forward planning, contract negotiations with all sorts of suppliers, staff recruitment, etc. etc. While the organisers have put in all the work to stage them, alas, they will see no return on their investments this year.
Those events which rely on large club and spectator participation have virtually been cancelled for 2020
After a start to the season at the Peroni Promotions meeting at Imola on 11-12 July (see page 16) the Alfa Revival Cup drivers will get two more races before the season is out. A long summer break will see them out again on 5-6 September when they meet at the Piero Taruffi circuit of Vallelunga, near Rome, and finish the shortened season on 10-11 October at the magnificent Mugello circuit where it is hoped they will be finally be able to get together to award the 2019 series victors.
The German Cup and Touring Car Trophy started its 11th season in full summer sunshine around three months later than usual on the weekend of 4-5 July at Hockenheim, with a 30-car grid.
Harald Tänzler showed a clean pair of heels to all comers in the first of two races, to score his second outright CTT win
In the first race, Harald Tänzler (BMW E46 WTC) celebrated a safe start-to-finish victory, his second overall victory in CTT. “The boys did a great job over the winter and put me in a super prepared car,” said Tänzler. Michael Nolte in a Porsche Supercup 3500 NM crossed the finish line eight seconds behind, while Jesco Kaczamarek was happy with third place in his Audi TTS. “The hot temperature meant I had to struggle with waning brakes in the second half of the race,” he said.
Members’ Meeting: Cancelled, Festival of Speed: Cancelled, Goodwood Revival: Cancelled, but the Duke of Richmond is not to be downcast. Instead he has announced a new, online event to take place on 16-18 October, that will be, in the Duke’s words, “The fastest, most exciting and spectacular event we have ever staged.” The most ambitious event ever held at Goodwood, Speedweek will be broadcast to the world free of charge in innovative ways, with technology such as putting viewers in the racing seat, with layers of interactivity to create an immersive experience. Without spectators present, the action can be faster and more extreme. According to the press office, “It will redefine the experience of watching motorsport at home in much the same way that the Festival of Speed and Revival changed forever the perception of classic car events.” The programme of events and full driver line-up will be announced over the coming weeks and months.
Leading manufacturers will launch their latest cars to a global audience, as supercars will be put through their paces around the Goodwood Motor Circuit, and technology will take centre stage, as FOS Future Lab gives viewers a glimpse into the mobility of tomorrow. Long-time sponsor, Bonhams, will hold an online auction over the weekend, with viewing by appointment only, at Goodwood on Wednesday-Friday.
With no spectators, there will be the freedom to run the faster, modern cars on the circuit, to put rally cars through their paces all around the Goodwood Estate, and to use areas that are normally out of bounds to stage trials and contests that would normally not be permitted. The Duke continued, “An event unlike any that’s gone before, Goodwood Speedweek will be a fitting celebration of the spirit of the Festival of Speed and Revival, both of which will return, bigger and better than ever, in 2021.”
As reported in our July issue, the Historic Sports Car Club still wants to offer the Jaguar drivers at least one event in 2020, and have announced their own race for pre-‘66 Jaguars at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 29-31 August.
The Dunlop Historic Trophy will be a one-hour race for with mandatory pit stop and the option of two drivers. There are classes and awards for E-types in both standard and race modified specification, Mk1 and Mk2 saloons and the XK range. An invitation class will be open to suitable cars that do not fully meet pre-‘66 specification.
The race will celebrate a long association between the HSCC and racing Jaguars, which started when Neil Corner’s D-type won the first race in the HSCC story at Castle Combe in 1966. At the conclusion of the 1969 season, the Historic Jaguar Trophy was awarded for the first time and the recipient was David Beckett for his performances in a Lister Jaguar.
HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said: “The loss of the Jaguar Classic Challenge to the COVID-19 pandemic was a great disappointment to Jaguar racers, but the Club is honouring its commitment to them with a chance to get back racing in this special race at Oulton Park.”
Sadly, after searching for a date on which to run the postponed Donington Historic Festival, organisers have been forced to hold it over until next year. The 2021 date will be announced soon.
Photo John Retter
In the meantime, though, there is excitement in the ranks as the Legends’ season will be underway soon with a revised date of 15-16 August for the Thruxton Historic meeting. With some grids missing out on their races at the cancelled Donington Festival and/or Silverstone Classic, Duncan Wiltshire has announced that all Motor Racing Legends grids will be able to race at Thruxton. “We plan to run all of our race series at this meeting,” said Wiltshire, “with the Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy grids having separate one-hour races, and the Historic Touring Car Challenge/Tony Dron Trophy with two 40-minute races - to be shared with the Sixties Touring Car Challenge with U2TC.”