Second night race on WHT bill included on provisional Britcar schedule
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.”