Motor Sport News - - Insight: Things To See In ’17 - Matt James

When: May 21 Where: Oul­ton Park, Cheshire Web: oul­ton­park.co.uk At the start of spring, there is no bet­ter place to be in the mo­tor rac­ing world than watch­ing the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship at Oul­ton Park.

Strong pro­mo­tion by the cir­cuit’s owner Motorsport Vi­sion al­ways brings a bumper crowd and the weather is usu­ally great.

Oul­ton Park has ex­cel­lent camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties too, and it at­tracts a huge num­ber of peo­ple who like to en­joy their week­end un­der can­vas. That adds to the fes­ti­val feel­ing and it also means that the cir­cuit stays busy well after the rac­ing en­gines stop.

The cir­cuit it­self also of­fers some ex­cel­lent view­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, with some stun­ning views over the val­ley from Cas­cades to Knicker­brook. The hardy spec­ta­tors can traipse out to the Is­land Hair­pin, which is a real flash­point for over­tak­ing for the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship bat­tlers, or visit the back of the track and watch the driv­ers as they take on the chal­lenge of the high-speed Druids cor­ner.

As well as the main at­trac­tion, the sup­port races pack out the day’s ac­tion and the park­land venue never fails to of­fer up su­perb bat­tles through­out the day.

When: July 28-30 Where: Sil­ver­stone, Northants Web: sil­ver­stoneclas­sic.com The big­gest his­toric event of them all is the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic. No other clas­sic rac­ing fes­ti­val can match the sheer scale of the three-day epic on the Sil­ver­stone Grand Prix Cir­cuit.

If you just want to see some of the finest his­toric rac­ing cat­e­gories in the world in ac­tion, then Satur­day will surely sat­isfy even the most de­ter­mined fan with 12 hours of rac­ing. From 9am to 9pm, the Grand Prix Cir­cuit plays host to grids of 50 cars and more, wrap­ping up with a race, tra­di­tion­ally for Group C cars, into the dusk of the evening.

Fri­day is all about qual­i­fy­ing, while Sun­day of­fers an­other nine hours of rac­ing with a strong sa­loon and tour­ing car flavour. Week­end head­lin­ers are His­toric F1, FIA Mas­ters His­toric Sports, Pre ’66 GT Cars and Su­per Tour­ers, while the 2017 bill in­cludes His­toric For­mula Ford 1600 as the cat­e­gory cel­e­brates 50 years of rac­ing.

How­ever, the rac­ing is only part of the story of this sim­ply vast event. Dozens and dozens of clas­sic car clubs show thou­sands of cars, there are air dis­plays, trade malls and hot air bal­loons and, im­por­tantly, some big name live mu­sic per­for­mances on Fri­day and Satur­day evening.

Oul­ton is like a BTCC fes­ti­val

Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional kick-starts the season

Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic is ac­tion packed, on and off track

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