CSCC READY FOR THRUXTON DEBUT
Full classic entry set for debut at the Hampshire speedbowl
More than 150 drivers will make their Thruxton debut this weekend when the Classic Sports Car Club runs its first race meeting at the Hampshire track.
In another landmark event for the CSCC, more than 320 entries will fill the paddock and club officials reckon that at least 50 per cent of the drivers have not raced at Thruxton before.
“We’re chuffed to bits with the response to our Thruxton date,” said David Smitheram of the CSCC. “We wanted to go there and Bill Coombs and his team wanted us there.”
To help CSCC drivers learn about the unique high-speed sweeps of Thruxton, a half-day test will run on Friday and circuit instructors, including Coombs and his deputy Pat Blakeney, will be giving tuition in race school cars.
CSCC president Mike Jordan, who has extensive Thruxton experience in GT and touring cars, gave club members advice about the track. “It’s the fastest and arguably the most exciting circuit in the UK and the key word is respect; for the circuit and your fellow competitors.
“You will be racing at higher average speeds than anywhere else in the UK, especially on the run down to Noble, Goodwood and Church and back to the chicane.”
Jordan also briefed racers about tyre management at a track that is hard on rubber.
Notable on the race line-up is the Special Saloons and Modsports triple-header, which brings Special Saloon cars back to Thruxton for the first time since the 1980s.
In period, Thruxton witnessed many classic races from the category.