FOR­MULA JU­NIOR CEL­E­BRA­TION

Motor Sport News - - Club Racing Preview -

For­mula Ju­nior is the best-sup­ported cat­e­gory in his­toric rac­ing and in 2018 it will mark a di­a­mond ju­bilee sea­son. Typ­i­cally, Dun­can Rabagliati and the team be­hind the cat­e­gory are not do­ing things by halves.

The For­mula Ju­nior Di­a­mond Ju­bilee World Tour started in South Africa in Jan­uary and takes in a global se­ries of races build­ing to­wards a huge con­clu­sion in the sum­mer of 2018.

How­ever, be­fore that the cat­e­gory will be cel­e­brated at the HSCC’S Brands Hatch GP cir­cuit meet­ing this July when an at­tempt will be made to set a new record for the great­est num­ber of Ju­niors in ac­tion at one race meet­ing.

The am­bi­tious tar­get is a whop­ping 120 cars, with grid space for 114 across three races. How­ever, any­thing into three fig­ures would set a new stan­dard for this won­der­ful sin­gle-seater cat­e­gory. PL

This is a big year for the His­toric Sports Car Club as it cel­e­brates the 50th an­niver­sary of the race that started it all. Back in May 1966 a group of en­thu­si­asts, led by Betty Haig, got to­gether to run a race for pre-1955 sportscars un­der the ti­tle of the Grif­fith For­mula.

The con­cept gained sup­port and the HSCC was soon cre­ated. Over the sub­se­quent half-cen­tury the club has grown be­yond all recog­ni­tion to be­come Bri­tain’s lead­ing provider of rac­ing for sin­gle-seater, sports, GT and tour­ing cars pro­duced be­tween the 1950s and the 1990s.

The cel­e­bra­tions cen­tre on the open­ing meet­ing of the sea­son back at Cas­tle Combe (April 16/17), when cars and driv­ers from that first race will take cen­tre stage. Other high­lights of the 50th an­niver­sary will be an ex­tended three-day meet­ing on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix cir­cuit (July 1-3) and the Oul­ton Park Gold Cup (Au­gust 27-29). PL

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