Ex-ferrari racer Tom Cole gets memorial race
The George Abecassis Trophy will be replaced by a race commemorating Tom Cole this season.
The Abecassis family has decided not to support the event for a fourth edition. John Turner, of organiser the Fifties Sports Car Racing Club, has therefore decided to dedicate a similar race to ex-ferrari driver Cole, who was killed at Le Mans in 1953.
“Tom Cole’s name appeared regularly in early post-war race reports but is now largely forgotten, so I have taken this opportunity to bring his name to a wider audience,” said Turner.
There will be some changes to the format of the race, which will take place at Silverstone on April 23. The 30-minute event will no longer include a compulsory pit stop. It will be open to sports-racing and production sports and GT cars introduced between 1946 and 1959, split across six classes.