MSV Announce Spectators allowed in race circuits from July 11th - this weekend's racing folks!

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MSV Announce Spectators allowed in race circuits from July 11th - this weekend's racing folks!

This am announcement

In line with latest government guidance, MotorSport Vision (MSV) is very pleased to announce that day visitors will be able to attend race meetings at its circuits from Saturday 11 July onwards. All five venues (Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park and Snetterton) will initially reopen with reduced capacities, and a range of hygiene and social distancing measures will be in place to ensure that visits are safe and enjoyable. A summary of those measures can be downloaded here. (Dunno where it's gone, Dikko)

In order to comply with guidance from the relevant motorsport authorities, visitors will not be able to access the paddock and pit lane for the time being, and no overnight stays will be permitted until at least the end of July (other than for competitors).

 

HSCC Legends SuperPrix Brands Hatch July 11 & 12th folks !!   Clap Driving

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Excellent news, if disappointing about paddock access. 

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Indeed, but all credit to MSV, they were very quick to kick start UK motorsport.

Be it club racing, BTCC or British GT, we can at last get back to viewing some motor racing.

Other tracks are still posting, no spectators. Time for them to wake up!

Well done JP and team.

 

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Spectators still not allowed in for trackdays or testing, according to the Donington web site, though.

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Hopefully the Oulton Park Gold Cup will be on. 

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Gold Cup is still on.... so is this, this weekend.

 

The Historic Sports Car Club’s 2020 season will make a belated start on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit at this weekend’s Legends of Brands Super Prix meeting (11/12 July).

 

Three months later than planned due to COVID-19, the HSCC season will start in style on one of Europe’s finest race tracks with a full weekend covering 18 races and over 320 entries for cars spanning four decades of racing history. The event will be run in strict adherence to government and Motorsport UK guidelines and it is clear that there is a huge appetite among competitors to get racing again.

 

The issue of spectator access is under the control of venue owners MotorSport Vision and full details are on the MSV website: www.msv.com

 

Many of the HSCC’s championships and series will get their 2020 season underway and entries are strong right across the programme. At the head of the action are two races for the cars form the HSCC Historic Formula 2 Championship and they will set a stunning pace around the sweeps of the Grand Prix circuit.

In a superbly competitive Formula 2 field, likely contenders include Marc Devis and father and son Mike and Matthew Wrigley in March 782s, Mark Charteris and Mark Dwyer in March 742s, Andrew Smith and series newcomer Callum Grant in March 79Bs and David Tomlin in his rare but rapid Motul M1.

 

The biggest grid of the weekend is due to be a magnificent 40-car field for the Historic Touring Car Championship as a gaggle of American V8s take on Ford Anglias, Lotus Cortinas and Mini Coopers. Former F3000 racer Dave Coyne heads the Ford Mustang entry, while 2003 Le Mans winner Guy Smith already has two wins to his credit this season in the Lotus Cortina he is racing alongside the similar car of his father Peter. Other quick Cortinas will be handled by Roger Stanford, Ollie Taylor and John Spiers, while Jonathan Lewis tops the Mini pack.

 

Two half-hour races will get the Vital Equipment HSCC Thundersports series off to a great start with a strong entry topped by the sensational McLaren M8F of Dean Forward. Notable rivals include Tony Sinclair (Lola T292), Jonathan Mitchell (Chevron B19), John Spiers (Osella PA3) while Chris Snowdon (Tiga SC81) tops the Sports 2000 class.

 

The opening grid for the Aurora Trophy will be shared with the Classic Formula 3 cars and it is hard to see anyone rivalling the searing pace of Michael Lyons (Formula 5000 Lola T400). Greg Thornton (Chevron B24) will head the chase along with a gaggle of quick F2 cars including Simon Fish (Chevron B42) and Mike Bletsoe-Brown (Chevron B27). Among the Classic F3 pack, team mates David Thorburn and Fraser Gray (Ralt RT3s) and young Benn Tilley (March 743) will be key contenders.

 

A fabulous field of 36 cars will line up for the combined Historic and Classic Formula Ford 2000 races on Saturday and there is a gaggle of front-runners including Ben Stiles and Tony Hancock in the later Classic cars. However, the Historic division is wide open in the absence of several usual pacesetters. Renowned race car designer Adrian Reynard has one of his own designs from 1979 while the Royales of Andrew Smith, Drew Cameron and Wil Arif should be quick in the Historics.

 

A typically strong grid will contest the opening two rounds of the Silverline Historic Formula Junior Championship and the Brabhams of Cam Jackson, Mark Shaw and Richard Wilson should top the 34-car field. Michael Hibberd plans to give a Lotus 22 its first race for 50 years while his son Andrew switches to the family’s Lola Mk2 to head the front-engined division.

 

Running over 40 minutes on Saturday is the Guards Trophy and this has another strong entry of sports-racing and GT cars. The timeless Chevron B6 and B8 design is to the fore, capped by the cars of Andy Newall, Philip Nelson, Hugh Colman, Westie Mitchell and Charles Allison. However, the combination of Michael Lyons and Anthony Reid in a Lenham P69 could really upset the Chevron applecart. Meanwhile, the GT pack is headed by the TVR Griffith of John Spiers, the AC Cobra of Mark Garritt and a gaggle of rapid Lotus Elans.

 

Cam Jackson has a shot at scooping six race wins over the weekend as he’ll tackle four Formula Ford races on Sunday with double headers for the Classic and Historic categories. In the Historic division, he’s aiming for a third title in a third different car as he switches to the unfashionable March 709 of Ross Drybrough. Jackson’s rivals include Matt Wrigley, Rob Wainwright, Pierre Livingstone and Linton Stutley.

 

For the Classic races, Jackson moves to his Van Diemen RF80 and will go head-to-head with the similar car of Richard Tarling as well as the Royale RP29 of category veteran Rick Morris. Henry Chart (Van Diemen RF81) and Mark Harrison (Lola T540E) are other front-runners. Joining the Classic Formula Fords on a split grid will be the cars in the Historic Formula 3 Championship for the 1-litre cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Reigning champion Simon Armer (March 703) heads the field along with cousins Jeremy and Jason Timms and Michael Scott in his Brabham BT28.

 

Two races for Road Sports are at the heart of Sunday’s racing with a magnificent total of more than 60 cars across the 70s and Historic Road Sports Championships.  Current champion Jeremy Clark (Lotus Elan) tops the 70s field but can expect fierce opposition from John Williams (Porsche 911SC), Dave Karaskas (TVR 3000M) and particularly the Morgan Plus 8 of Kevin Kivlochan.

 

Kivlochan will then switch to his mighty AC Cobra to open his defence of the Historic Road Sports title. His big threat will come from former champion John Davison (Lotus Elan), back after sitting out most of the 2019 season, while Neil Merry (Sunbeam Tiger), Ian Burford (Ginetta G4) and Jonathan Rose (Lotus Elan) are all contenders.

 

On Saturday, qualifying is from 9am with the first of eight races at 1.05pm

On Sunday, qualifying is from 10am with the first of 10 races at 12.10pm

 

The full timetable and entry list is at:

hscc.org.uk/event/brands-hatch-legends-of-brands-super-prix-11-12-july/

 

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For more information, contact the HSCC on 01327 858400, by fax to 01327 858500 and by e-mail to [email protected] For media enquiries, please contact Paul Lawrence on 01952 510382.