The ever popular Silverstone Classic returned to the Northamptonshire circuit bringing a packed race card of on track action. Just one highlight was the Masters Endurance Legends, a new addition to the programme that saw past Le Mans machines from 1995 through to 2012, racing into the evening.
Some of the icons of endurance racing included the Lola B12/60 driven by Steve Tandy which took the win in the stunning Saturday evening race as well as the Sunday afternoon race,
the Audi R8 LMP1 driven by Travis Engen and the Gulf liveried Lola-Aston DBR 1-2 driven by Christophe D’Ansembourg and Herve Regout. Sir Chris Hoy, no stranger to endurance racing, took to the track in the Courage LC75 in Sunday’s race finishing in sixth place.
Sunday was dominated by tin tops, as celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of BTCC continued. There was a track parade with dozens of classic cars from the Austin A105 Westminster as driven to the first championship win by Jack Sears, to the 2017 winning Subaru which was driven by Jason Plato.
Four touring cars races on the Sunday alone gave the opportunity for fans to see the likes of Rickard Rydells Volvo S40, Abbie Eaton behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore and father, son duo Nick and Harry Whale dominated in the Historic Touring Car Challenge aboard the BMW M3.
Continuing the the Touring Car celebrations, BTCC driver Jake Hill dominated in the Pre’ 66 GT Race at the wheel of a Lotus Elan, the same race also found Richard Attwood, the driver who gave Porsche their first overall win at Le Mans in 1970, behind the wheel of a stunning 1965 911.
A firm fan favourite was the Classic F1 machinery on track courtesy of the FIA Masters Historic Formula One races and the Legends of Modern Formula One parade.
The parade laps gave the chance to see and just importantly hear cars that in their time were driven by Ayron Senna, Rubens Barrichello, Nelson Piquet, Jaques Villeneuve and Jenson Button. Cars such as the Lotus 1010, Saber C30 and Jordan 198. Nick Padmore continued his domination of Historic Formula One taking the Williams FW07C to the win, flanked by perpetual F1 Historic front runners Martin Stretton and Michael Lyons.
As the Ace Cafe took over the National Paddocks Pit Stop Cafe and a chunk of the National Paddock, it drew a large crowd of motorbike enthusiasts ready to also enjoy a fantastic parade display by the World GP Bike Legends, including Phil Read,
Freddie Spencer and Wayne Gardner, on some iconic machinery from GP’s past.
Just one of the anniversaries commemorated was Formula Junior. The 60 year old series attracted a huge grid of over 50 entries and some fantastic, close racing. Will Mitcham in the U2 Mk2 took the win on Saturday, while Andrew Hibberd took the honours on Sunday in his Lola Mk2.
Off track there was plenty for
the enormous crowd to enjoy from car clubs to car clinics to a funfair and evening entertainment from UB40 and Soul II Soul. The event has garnered a peerless reputation as the must do event for anyone interested in classic cars and racing. And with 100,000 visitors enjoying the weekend, its huge popularity and success looks like it is set to continue.
The Classic will return to Silverstone July 26th/27th/28th 2019.
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