New Euro­pean se­ries will recre­ate golden era at iconic rac­ing venues

Classic Racer - - REGULAR PADDOCK GOSSIP -

A new in­ter­na­tional se­ries for clas­sic race bikes of the 1970s and 1980s has been launched. It will bring to­gether three of the most pop­u­lar four hour races across Europe and pro­vide race classes that will stage a spec­tac­u­lar re­cre­ation of the glory days of en­durance rac­ing. The se­ries kicks off on March 24-25 at the Sun­day Ride Clas­sic at Le Castel­let (Cir­cuit Paul Ri­card), France. This is fol­lowed on May 12-13 by En­durance Le­gends 4 Hour at Don­ing­ton Park, on June 7-8 by Ger­man Speed­week at Osch­er­sleben, while a fourth race later in the sea­son is un­der dis­cus­sion. Reg­u­la­tions for four classes of ma­chine have been agreed to re­flect the ma­chines cur­rently be­ing raced in clas­sic en­durance, and span­ning a decade that saw ad­vances start­ing with Du­cati’s bevel-drive twins and end­ing with Suzuki’s first GSX-R750S. The classes are: 1968 to 1981, air­cooled four-stroke, air or wa­ter-cooled two-strokes, four-valve en­gines to 1000cc, two-valve en­gines to 1300cc – orig­i­nal or mod­i­fied orig­i­nal frames. 1976 to 1984 air-cooled four-stroke, air or wa­ter-cooled two-strokes, 1300cc max­i­mum dis­place­ment – orig­i­nal, mod­i­fied orig­i­nal or af­ter­mar­ket frames. This class is ex­pected to fea­ture big four­cylin­der mo­tors. 1973 to 1986 four-cylin­der 750cc or twin-cylin­der 1000cc ma­chines with air or wa­ter-cool­ing and orig­i­nal frames; no en­gine tun­ing is al­lowed. And 1976 to 1986, up to 1300cc dis­place­ment with air, wa­ter or oil-cool­ing – orig­i­nal, mod­i­fied orig­i­nal or af­ter­mar­ket frames. This class will fea­ture full-on race bikes from the mid-eight­ies. In ad­di­tion to the EELC Team Leader­board, a new EELC Rider Leader­board will give Pro and Am rid­ers the chance to com­pete along­side each other even if they ride in the same team. Darin Frow, co-or­gan­iser of En­durance Le­gends at Don­ing­ton Park said: “It’s very ex­cit­ing to be part of the new Euro­pean En­durance Leg­end Cup which will see rac­ing through the day and night.” For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.sun­dayride­clas­sic.com or www.en­durancele­gends.com or con­tact info@clas­sic-en­durance-cup-eu

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