Group A’s Baskerville de­but

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It’s taken 30-plus years but the Group A tour­ing cat­e­gory will nally race at Ho­bart’s Baskerville Race­way. The Group A and Group C ma­chines of the Her­itage Tour­ing Car class will make their His­toric Baskerville de­but over Septem­ber 21-23.

The south­ern Tassie track tra­di­tion­ally hosted end-of-sea­son ‘Win eld 25s’ in­vi­ta­tional events for Group C tour­ing cars and stars dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s. How­ever, the con­cept died af­ter the 1984 Tour­ing Car Cup, which also marked Group C’s last on-track hur­rah. Thus, by the time in­ter­na­tional Group A rules were adopted full-time in this coun­try for the 1985 sea­son, the era of Baskerville’s non-cham­pi­onship Novem­ber meet­ings had ended.

A big eld of main­land Her­itage Tour­ing Cars are en­tered for the grow­ing His­toric Baskerville event, with other Group A cars like the exMof­fat/Har­vey Monza WTCC round-win­ning Roth­mans VL Com­modore to fea­ture in demon­stra­tions.

“It is the rst time Group A cars will race at Baskerville,” con rms Baskerville His­toric’s spokesper­son Bruce Thomas. “There has been the odd car com­pet­ing, but never a ded­i­cated race. This year’s line-up of his­tor­i­cally-signi cant race­cars is shap­ing up as the best ever, with Her­itage Tour­ing Cars con­duct­ing round four of its cham­pi­onship over the big week­end. Be­tween 20 and 30 cars will be mak­ing the trip across Bass Strait with the gen­er­ous sup­port of Events Tas­ma­nia, the eld rep­re­sent­ing the best assem­bly of tour­ing cars to have ever raced at Baskerville Race­way.”

The afore­men­tioned demon­stra­tions will also in­clude the Lola T192 F5000 that last year re­set the cir­cuit’s 35-year-old lap record, plus other Dut­ton Garage-owned ma­chines in­clud­ing a McLaren M8F Can-Am car. It’s hoped the ses­sions will see the trio of John McCor­mack-built Sports Sedans hit the track to­gether for the rst time. Pre­vi­ously, these cars – Mark Trenoweth’s Charger and Jaguar, plus Bruce Gowans’ Cel­ica – have been static dis­plays only.

Sup­port races in­clude events for Group N, sportscars and Tassie’s unique Mus­cle Car Cup (in­set), which caters for all pre-1984 cars that do not t into typ­i­cal His­toric cat­e­gories. The meet­ing is the ma­jor fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity of the Baskerville Foun­da­tion which will al­most clear the re­main­ing debt from the mil­lion-dol­lar up­grades that have been car­ried out at Baskerville over the last three years.

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