The Jarama Classic 2016 was held 1-3 April at Circuito del Jarama outside Madrid, Spain. Near the Spanish capital the inaugural Jarama Classic put an end to the winter break. The historic event looks to have a great future ahead of it as proved by the 10,000 spectators who flocked to the opening meeting.
The event organised by Peter Auto with the help of the Royal Spanish Automobile Club received a universal thumbs up from ace drivers like Emanuele Pirro and Tom Kimber-Smith who liked the twisty, undulating layout redolent with history. This enthusiasm was shared by spectators who came to celebrate the revival of a circuit undergoing a major facelift.
For Peter Auto it was return to its roots as the last time the French organiser came to Spain was 10 years ago for the Tour of Spain and Le Mans Series. Already in that era Classic Endurance Racing was part of the on-track action of the meetings as a supporting race. A lot has happened since then. Not only has the CER become one of the bill-topping events but it is now backed up with other courses by Peter Auto including the Sixties’ Endurance and Trofeo Nastro Rosso since 2010, the Heritage Touring Cup since 2014, and last but not least, Group C Racing this year. The first meeting of the year also hosted the Iberian Historic Endurance field, proof of the popularity of historic racing on the Iberian Peninsula.
With 10 races and 186 cars out on the track all the ingredients were assembled so that the 2016 Jarama Classic would find pride of place in the outskirts of Madrid. And it was the case, in particular with Group C Racing, which attracted a field of 14 cars including a few exceptional models like the Peugeot 905 and the Aston Martin AMR1. It made a perfect start to its inclusion in the series by Peter Auto. There will be even more cars in Group C at Spa-Francorchamps and then at Dijon in June where more than 20 of these exceptional machines, which raced in endurance in the 1980s and 90s, are expected.
The entrants in the five grids by Peter Auto will get together again on 13-14-15 May in Belgium for the 6th running of Spa Classic. In the meantime historic racing enthusiasts will be able to enjoy their passion in France at the 25th Tour Auto Optic 2ooo (18-24 April).
Sports Car Digest documented the Jarama Classic 2016. We split up pictures from the vintage races into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Jarama Classic 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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