New tour­ing car races in Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic fi­nale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

The cli­max of this year’s Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic will be four dif­fer­ent tour­ing car races fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from Mini Coop­ers to Ford Sierra Cos­worths.

The his­toric mo­tor­sport fes­ti­val’s fi­nal day will be branded Tin-Top Sun­day to re­flect the num­ber of clas­sic sa­loons go­ing out across four grids on Sun­day, 31 July. Among the races will be the His­toric Tour­ing Car Chal­lenge’s de­but at the event, which caters for cars built up to 1990 (see P6).

The Big En­gined Tour­ing Cars race – which last ap­peared in 2014 to mark the Ford Mus­tang’s 50th an­niver­sary – will make a come­back, with the pony cars com­pet­ing against the likes of Ford Fal­con, Dodge Dart and Mer­cury Cy­clone Amer­i­can mus­cle-cars.

Two of last year’s hits will also re­turn to the home of the Bri­tish Grand Prix – the Su­per Tour­ing grid fea­tur­ing BTCC stars of the 1990s like the Re­nault La­guna and Ford Mon­deo, and the Un­der 2.0-litre Tour­ing Cars, where Lotus Corti­nas, Mini Coop­ers and Alfa Romeo GTAs will go head to head on track.

Goose Live Events, the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic says the in­creased fo­cus on tour­ing cars will pro­vide ‘bumper-to-bumper’ en­ter­tain­ment for show­go­ers. Ad­vance tick­ets, which can be bought through the Clas­sic’s web­site, start at £49 for a Sun­day day ticket.

‘Right from its very early days, tour­ing car rac­ing has al­ways been a mas­sive hit with the Bri­tish pub­lic and that’s why we have cre­ated this very spe­cial Tin-Top Sun­day,’ says chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Wigley.

‘By adding the flour­ish­ing HTCC to our more fa­mil­iar U2TC, Big Banger and Su­per Tour­ing grids, Tin-Top Sun­day will live up to its star billing as the big­gest and best cel­e­bra­tion of tour­ing car his­tory ever seen at the Clas­sic. There re­ally will be some­thing for ev­ery­one.’


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