Full clas­sic en­try set for de­but at the Hamp­shire speed­bowl

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence Plans be­ing made, be­low

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.

CSCC men will take on a new chal­lenge

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