23 May 2012

Down "the Hatch" 26/27 May 2012

This coming weekend sees the return of the Masters Historic Festival to the famous GP circuit in the garden of England.  This year the format of the weekend has changed; previously there was a Top Hat meeting on the Saturday on the Indy circuit, followed by two days of racing on the GP circuit.  This year the event is running entirely on the GP circuit and is only two days.  The provisional entry list can be found here.  The biggest grid by far is that of the Gentleman drivers totalling 44 entries, closely followed by the Pre 66 Touring Cars with 43 cars entered.

This event sees the first race for the Historic Race of Champions series, although it has only garnered an entry of 13, this is not bad for a first attempt.  The JD Classic and the 70s Celebration have combined and that looks like a mostly Touring Car grid numbering 26 cars.

Of the balance of the races look out for the World Sportscar Masters with iconic Lolas, McLarens etc. all thundering around the track.  Grand Prix Masters has a grid of 19 cars, but the two smallest grids are Sports Racing Masters and the Can Am Interserie Challenge with 12 and 10 entries respectively.  Nonetheless these cars are extremely entertaining to watch.

As always the entries are provisional so with luck there'll be some additions to the programme come the day.

And perhaps the weather will also look favourably on this meeting.

Edited to correct the bank holiday reference in the title.

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