SHP TO RUN THREE CLASSES

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Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Brian Phillips

The or­gan­is­ers of the Pickup Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship are plan­ning to cre­ate a mini-pack­age of three se­ries to run at the pop­u­lar Bri­tish Truck meet­ings next year.

In ad­di­tion to its suc­cess­ful Pickup se­ries, SHP En­gi­neer­ing will also run a Su­per Sil­hou­ettes cham­pi­onship and a se­ries for Amer­i­can-style sprint cars at truck meet­ings, with the fo­cus on pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ing rac­ing for spec­ta­tors.

SHP will take over or­gan­is­ing the Bri­tish Au­to­mo­bile Rac­ing Club-run In­ter­mar­que se­ries and will re­name it to re­flect the cat­e­gory’s orig­i­nal ti­tle – although the ex­ist­ing In­ter­mar­que or­gan­is­ers still in­tend to have their own sep­a­rate se­ries too.

“We had a meet­ing with the In­ter­mar­que driv­ers and they seemed on board for it,” ex­plained SHP founder Sonny Howard. “Carl Board­ley had a new Ginetta out at Brands Hatch [built to the new se­ries’ reg­u­la­tions] and he’s got two or three oth­ers on or­der and Ricky Hunn had a new Mazda RX-8.

“We have rewrit­ten the rules so it will be for space­frame chas­sis, fron­tengined, rear-wheel drive cars. I think it re­lates it back to what it was in the first place [when the se­ries was founded off the back of short oval rac­ing]. We’ve also changed the name to Su­per Sil­hou­ettes and it’s now what it says on the tin. By rewrit­ing the reg­u­la­tions, we’ve ended up bring­ing them in line and they will use the same points sys­tem and qual­i­fy­ing [for­mat] as the trucks.”

Richard Smith, a long-stand­ing In­ter­mar­que racer, along with his brother Si­mon and sons Lewis and Daniel, wel­comed the change. He be­lieves it will help at­tract new en­tries and added: “We want it to be run pro­fes­sion­ally and to race at some big­ger meet­ings so we have to be pre­pared to travel a bit more.”

Su­per Sil­hou­ettes won’t join the Pick­ups at Thrux­ton, with Howard de­scrib­ing the Hamp­shire cir­cuit as “not re­ally suit­able for them”, but will ap­pear at the other rounds.

Howard is also launch­ing a third se­ries for Amer­i­can-style sprint rac­ers – and cars from all three cat­e­gories will be at Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional in Jan­uary.

“It’s a new con­cept with en­ter­tain­ment value and it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent,” said Howard. “It will be quirky. But they don’t run big en­gines so haven’t got the big top [sec­tion]. We’ve got six in build and they will also be at the Au­tosport show.

“There’s lots of kids and fam­i­lies that go to the big truck events and I think these cars will ap­peal to these peo­ple.”

Howard also plans to cre­ate a spe­cial event for the classes at Croft in Septem­ber.

“We are hop­ing to go into Dar­ling­ton shop­ping mall and end up putting the trucks and Su­per Sil­hou­ettes on show,” he said.

New pack­age to fo­cus on en­ter­tain­ing rac­ing

In­ter­mar­que to be re­named

New Ginetta has been built

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