Pre’63 equipe GTs se­ries to be launched

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A new rac­ing se­ries for pre-1963 clas­sics is be­ing launched by the or­gan­is­ers of the Equipe GTS se­ries.

The new se­ries, which has a pro­vi­sional cal­en­dar in­clud­ing Sil­ver­stone, Don­ing­ton, Brands Hatch, Oul­ton Park and Zand­voort has been in­spired by the suc­cess of the ex­ist­ing GTS se­ries, as well as races such as the Good­wood Re­vival’s Kin­rara Tro­phy.

Or­gan­iser John Pear­son says: ‘With pre-’63 races pop­u­lar at both Sil­ver­stone and Good­wood, we feel there is a gap for a year-long se­ries.’

Eli­gi­ble cars in­clude the Austin Healey 3000, MGA, Lo­tus Elite, Jaguar E-type and many oth­ers.

The se­ries will fol­low Equipe GTS to ev­ery event next year; and with sig­nif­i­cant cross­over be­tween the two grids, some cars will be able to take part in both races.

The fo­cus is on pure pro­duc­tion rac­ing cars, so mod­i­fi­ca­tions are lim­ited, with rac­ers hav­ing to com­ply with pe­riod spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

John adds: ‘The cut-off at 1963 ex­cludes a lot of very pow­er­ful mid‘60s cars such as the Shelby Co­bra and the later Jaguar E-types, mak­ing these pre-’63 races some­thing of a pure ex­pe­ri­ence.’ ❚

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