Near-ca­pac­ity grid for tour­ing car-only en­durance

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

This week­end’s Sil­ver­stone 24 Hours has at­tracted the largest grid for al­most a decade, with 45 crews signed up so far.

This year the race will be run by Dutch en­durance or­gan­iser Creven­tic af­ter be­ing sold by for­mer Brit­car boss James Tucker last year. The Sil­ver­stone 24 Hours will form the first leg of Creven­tic’s new Tour­ing Car En­durance Se­ries, which will also hold events at Slo­vakiar­ing (24 hours) and Mep­pen in Ger­many (12 hours).

This week­end’s event at Sil­ver­stone will also count for points for the main 24 Hour Se­ries, which op­er­ates for both tin-top and GT cars.

Creven­tic’s Natasha Mark said she was happy with the en­try fig­ure.

“We have 45 en­tries, with teams and driv­ers from 21 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, and many from the UK and Ire­land so we are very happy,” she said.

“The en­tire Tour­ing Car En­durance Se­ries came about be­cause the feed­back we got from the an­nounce­ment that Sil­ver­stone would be Tc-only was so strong. We wanted to per­suade driv­ers who nor­mally com­pete in our other events with GT cars to get back to their roots and find a drive with one of the tour­ing car teams to score points to­wards the main 24 Hour Se­ries.

“Be­ing the pro­moter of the Sil­ver­stone 24 Hours is a new chal­lenge. But there should be a 24-hour race like this in the UK, a coun­try that many con­sider as a leader in mo­tor­sport.”

The en­try is the largest for any 24-hour race at Sil­ver­stone since the 2008 Brit­car 24 Hours, which boasted a 51-car en­try, the largest in the event’s his­tory.

Barwell Mo­tor­sport head Mark Lem­mer has been around Sil­ver­stone’s 24 Hours event since its in­cep­tion in 2005. He said: “The race has a big fu­ture as a tour­ing-car only event. The cars eas­ily fit the cir­cuit noise re­stric­tions and the rac­ing is such good value now.”

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