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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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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:
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.