Se­cond night race on WHT bill in­cluded on pro­vi­sional Brit­car sched­ule

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Brit­car is hop­ing to add a se­cond night race to its cal­en­dar in 2017, join­ing the Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy.

Ini­tial dis­cus­sions be­tween Brit­car and the His­toric Sports Car Club have taken place for the championship to join the event at Sil­ver­stone. Brit­car cur­rently or­gan­ises a night race at Brands Hatch, also in Novem­ber.

Claire Hed­ley of Brit­car said: “Af­ter the suc­cess of Brands last year we felt there’s a niche in the mar­ket for our guys to do that [an­other night race]. The en­tries vir­tu­ally dou­bled. The op­por­tu­nity arose to be on the Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy week­end with a big fire­work dis­play.”

While Brit­car in­cluded the event in its pro­vi­sional cal­en­dar, Gra­hame White of the HSCC said there were still talks to be had.

“They’ve asked us whether it would be pos­si­ble, but there are lots of things in­volved in a night race,” said White. “We’re due to have a meet­ing with Sil­ver­stone man­age­ment on February 7 and one of the things we’ll be talk­ing about is that pro­posal. Af­ter that we’ll have to go back to them with the terms, prac­ti­cal­i­ties and whether it can or can­not be done. We’re cer­tainly look­ing at it in a sym­pa­thetic way, in that if we can make it work we’re go­ing to try and do that.”

While the Sil­ver­stone race still needs some work, Brit­car has re­ceived its best en­try at this point in Jan­uary for a num­ber of years.

“At this stage we’ve got 26 en­tries for this year’s championship,” added Hed­ley. “I’m more than happy with the num­bers we’ve been get­ting. We’ve never had that num­ber at this point in the year.”

Brit­car cur­rently hosts a night time event at Brands Hatch

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