Track heroes of the British Touring Car Championship era at its height will recreate a show like those which attracted thousands of fans at BTCC meetings in the ‘90s: cars including Vauxhall Vectras, David Leslie’s and Laurent Aiello’s Nissan Primera, and race winning Ford Mondeos and Honda Accords will fill the grid of two-litre touring cars: a unique opportunity to see a slice of the action from the most exciting motorsport of over a decade ago, as they battle it out for the David Leslie Memorial Trophy.
In the under two-litre category, the U2TC (Under Two Litre Touring Cars) 48-car grid promises close racing in authentic period cars, keeping alive the spirit of the early ‘60s Touring Car racing.
Spectators will witness an adrenaline-fuelled Alfa Romeo versus BMW contest, with racing hero and Targa Florio legend Arturo Merzario in an Alfa GTA also driven by Marco Cajani, and ex-Arrows team founder Jackie Oliver sharing an ex-works Dieter Quester race BMW 1800Ti/SA, with ex-Formula Renault team owner Richard Shaw.
With a Lotus Cortina prepared to the same specification as Sir John Whitmore’s, which finished second in the 1964 European Touring Car Championship, and a Mini Cooper S fielded by Joe Twyman (son of car preparation expert Neil Twyman) and co-driven by American racing legend Bobby Rahal, Touring Car Racing has never been more spirited.
“The touring car races uphold a tradition of vigorous racing, whether in the ‘60s or later with the Super Touring cars of the ‘90s, with cars that epitomise the technology of their era and provides great audience entertainment: this is what the Silverstone Classic is all about,” says Ken Prichard Jones, Director of Racing at Silverstone.
The 2009 Silverstone Classic will take place July 24-26, 2009 at the famed Silverstone Circuit. For more information, visit www.silverstoneclassic.com.
[Source: Silverstone Classic]