Tabac Classic GP Assen

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The TT Circuit in Assen hosted the second edition of the TABAC Classic GP at the beginning of September over three sunny days with almost tropical temperatures.  Two renowned stars from the world championship for 500cc motorcycles and full starting fields of historic racing cars guaranteed a successful event.

Both inextricably linked to the rich history of the TT circuit, 1991 TT winner and 500cc champion Kevin Schwantz and 1981 winner Randy Mamola, were crowd pleasers, treating the audience to a number of demos.

Marcel Hundscheid reports..

The AvD Historic Race Cup was present with the Historic F3 Interseries and the FFR/OR championship.  Two exciting matches were on the programme, both of which were won convincingly by the Dane Alexander Weiss (Reynard 873).

Father Valerio (Dallara F390) and son Davide Leone (March 783) completed the podium in the first race.  Stephane Lechine dropped out of the first race, his Reynard suffering mechanical failure, but the Frenchman took revenge and second place ahead of the Leones, son then father, in the second race.

Both AvD Historic Race Cup Historic F3 Interseriesraces were won convincingly by the Dane Alexander Weiss (Reynard 873)

The Colmore YTCC Championship competitors had no fewer than five races over the weekend, while the RECO NK GTTC and NK82-90 (HARC) held three races each, Daniel Schrey making a clean sweep in the GTTC field to earn his fifth winners’ Cup of the weekend.

Allard Kalff set a blistering 2:02 in Michiel Campagne’s Corvette Grand Sport in the SuperSixties qualifying, only to be pipped by Kevin Abbring, just getting to grips with Bas Jansen’s AC Cobra.  Kalff and Campagne were also sharing a Mustang, and qualified first of the touring cars in eighth place.  Their driver change in the race promised to be interesting.

Through all the confusion came Philippe Vermast with a faultless performance to take the SuperSixties win in his little Lotus Elan Photos Marcel Hundscheid

Historic motorbike races rounded off the programme at this motorcycle circuit, and the Dutch Vintage Sports Car Club provided demos with pre-war cars.

For Marcel Hundscheid’s full report, see out October 2023 issue.

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