SPORTS 2000 WILL HEAD TO LE MANS AF­TER EURO TIE-UP

Pho­tos: Steve Jones, Dave Ayres, Jakob Ebrey, Gary Hawkins

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Com­peti­tors in the Sports 2000 Cham­pi­onship will get the chance to race at Le Mans this year af­ter the club an­nounced a new Euro­pean tie-up.

The Sports Rac­ing Car Club has linked with French or­gan­iser HVM Rac­ing, which runs the Proto Cup for sim­i­lar two-litre sportscars. The deal means that UK Sports 2000 driv­ers from all three classes – Du­ratec, Pinto and His­toric – will get a guest grid slots for HVMR’S meet­ing on the Le Mans Bu­gatti Cir­cuit on Septem­ber 23-25.

SRCC is also in talks with HVMR to al­low its His­toric class cars – pro­duced pre-1985 – to join the Grand Prix de Pau His­torique race on the fa­mous French street cir­cuit on May 21/22.

Sports 2000 head Colin Fey­er­abend said: “Tra­di­tion­ally we’ve al­ways run a Euro­pean race, but they can prove costly if we don’t fill the grid. With this tie-up we can open the door to Europe more eas­ily as we’re run­ning with lo­cal cars, which makes it more fi­nan­cially sta­ble.

“Le Mans is the ul­ti­mate place to race a sports-pro­to­type so we’re ex­pect­ing big in­ter­est for that date.”

Fey­er­abend added that the SRCC was ex­plor­ing tie-ups in other ar­eas of Europe, in­clud­ing Ger­many. A date at Hock­en­heim has been tabled for 2017.

Sports 2000’s UK sched­ule in­cludes key changes for this year, in­clud­ing a re­turn to Snet­ter­ton 300 in sup­port of Bri­tish GT on Au­gust 6/7, and go­ing back to Cas­tle Combe for the first time since 2011. “The cal­en­dar of­fers a blend of tracks and we’re hope­ful of good grids,” added Fey­er­abend. “The re­ces­sion caught up with us quite late, but driv­ers and cars are com­ing back out now .”

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