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While the HSCC’s championships were decided either at Mallory Park in September or at the Silverstone Finals meeting in October (see our November issue), the International Formula 2 Series was only able to name its 2021 Champions after the Dijon Motors Cup meeting in October.   

From 10 races at five events, top overall scorer was Nick Pancisi (March 712) who claimed the Jochen Rindt Trophy for 1600cc F2 cars.  Pancisi had a tremendous season to finish clear of rivals Julian Stokes (Tecno) and Paul Bason (March 712).

Marc Mercer (March 73B) clinched the Vern Schuppan Trophy for the earlier Formula Atlantics from Mark Goodyear, who switched from his Lotus 59 to a March 75B in the middle of the season.  Callum Grant’s blistering pace in his March 79B, which included a famous overall win at Donington Park, ensured that he won the Gilles Villeneuve Trophy for the later Formula Atlantics.

 

Highest F2 Scorer was Nick Pancisi, who claimed the Jochen Rindt Trophy with his 1600 March 712 Photo Carlo Senten

The 2-litre F2 cars in the Giacomelli Trophy usually set the overall pace and it was Matt Wrigley (March 782) who took the Trophy by a single point in the final race of the season at Dijon.  Andrew Smith (March 742) and Miles Griffiths (Ralt RT1) ensured that it was never easy for the young driver.

Travel restrictions due to COVID and a general reluctance to race outside the UK, meant that the only international element of the series this year was Dijon.  Nonetheless, more than 60 drivers took part during the season with UK competitors joined by drivers from Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Austria and the USA.

 

The Club says that plans for a return to a full pan-European schedule for 2022 are well advanced and the calendar will be announced shortly.  Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC, said, “Our UK-based drivers have missed competing with our European friends this year and restoring an international schedule is our prime aim for 2022.”

When the Wellington-based MG Car Club was forced to cancel this year’s popular MG Classic motor racing meeting, due to be held at Manfield Circuit Chris Amon over the weekend of 13-14 November, it eliminated the first round of 2021-22 MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series, which has run a close-to-home calendar over the last two years, and was continuing the strategy for the 2021-2022 season.  Though a race meeting was possible under current rules, the New Zealand quarantine and travel restriction provisions have effectively split the country in two until the second week of December at the earliest…. 

Fortunately, the second round of the series is not scheduled to run until the second-to-last weekend  in January next year, “though at the moment,” says NZ F5000 Association committee member and spokesperson Glenn Richards, “there are still no guarantees – even that far out!”  COVID willing, the rest of the season looks like this:  21-23 Jan 2022 – Taupo Historic Grand Prix - Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park Taupo NZ; 4-6 Feb - Skope Classic - Mike Pero Motorsport Park Ruapuna Christchurch NZ; 26-27 Mar 2022– HRC Legends of Speed meeting Hampton Downs Waikato NZ.  Organisers are talking about adding another round if the evolving situation permits.

A mixed season for most series, including for Peter Auto, has meant that not all the usual participants were able to compete in all the races.  This has brought some interesting season winners to the fore.  

Peter Auto quite rightly gives as much importance to a class win as an overall win and has published its 28 class winners, starting with Xavier Datraut, who won the 2.0L Cup for 2021, the only series that has an overall winner and no classes.  In CER 1, though there were winners in each class, Emmanuel Brigand came away with the most points this season, driving a Chevron B19.  Frank Morel did likewise in CER 2, taking 104 points with his TOJ SC206 in the under 2-litre prototype class to Beat Eggimann’s 101 points in the same class.    In the highly contested Heritage Touring Cup, Maxime Guenat (FORD Capri RS 3100) scored more points than any other competitor, winning the TC2 Class, while Guy Fabrice Mestrot took the Index of Performance in his 1600 Ford Escort RS.  Yvan Mahé won the Sixties’ Endurance in a Shelby Cobra Daytona, narrowly beating Christophe Van Riet’s Cobra, and in the same series Simon Nobili took the index of Performance in his MGA.  

A mixed season for most series, including for Peter Auto, has meant that not all the usual participants were able to compete in all the races.  This has brought some interesting season winners to the fore.  

Peter Auto quite rightly gives as much importance to a class win as an overall win and has published its 28 class winners, starting with Xavier Datraut, who won the 2.0L Cup for 2021, the only series that has an overall winner and no classes.  In CER 1, though there were winners in each class, Emmanuel Brigand came away with the most points this season, driving a Chevron B19.  Frank Morel did likewise in CER 2, taking 104 points with his TOJ SC206 in the under 2-litre prototype class to Beat Eggimann’s 101 points in the same class.    In the highly contested Heritage Touring Cup, Maxime Guenat (FORD Capri RS 3100) scored more points than any other competitor, winning the TC2 Class, while Guy Fabrice Mestrot took the Index of Performance in his 1600 Ford Escort RS.  Yvan Mahé won the Sixties’ Endurance in a Shelby Cobra Daytona, narrowly beating Christophe Van Riet’s Cobra, and in the same series Simon Nobili took the index of Performance in his MGA.  

Sébastien Mathieu (GT/Tourism) and Lionel Robert (Monoplaces/Protos) are the 2021 French historic racing champions.  

Aged 37, Mathieu has been a staunch supporter of the GT Classic Trophy from the start, first in a Porsche 964 RSR, and then at the helm of a BMW M3 GTR developed by himself and his GBF Racing team.  Engine problems in the BMW forced him to return to the Porsche for the end of this season.  Of the ten GT Classic races this year, Mathieu won eight, finishing the other two in second place.  He succeeds one of his teammates, Laurent Sabatier, and Franck Quagliozzi, who tied for the title in 2020, as French GT/Tourism champion.

Returning to compete for a full season in Formula Renault Classic, Lionel Robert saw only one victory escape him this year, following a mechanical breakdown.  At 59 years of age, the Manceau with nine participations in the 24 hours of Le Mans finally became a champion of France, the title having escaped him by little on five different occasions, the first times in 1980 and 1985, in the then modern Formula Renault championship.  Robert came second in the first Historic Tour in 2015, and in 2016, after nine victories in the first nine races, he ceded to his son and student Antoine Robert, who has gone on to forge a career as a racing driver.  Aboard a Martini similar to the one he was driving in 1985 Robert, who is active in many forms of motor sport, as well as a race coach and team manager, succeeds the triple crowned Frédéric Rouvier, but also his own son!

Amongst the various championship announcements that come at this time of year, the Masters have declared their winners.  These include Mike Cantillon, who took the FIA Historic Formula One title for post-‘78 cars with his Williams FW07C, and Lukas Halusa, who scored six wins from 12 starts to take pre-‘78 honours.  Steve Brooks (Lola T70 Mk3B), shares the 2021 FIA Sportscar title with Tom Bradshaw, who drove his Chevron B19 to equal points overall, while Chevron B8 pair and Bonnier class winners Charles Allison and Peter Thompson were joint runners-up.  John Spiers took the pre-‘66 category in his McLaren M1B.

Shaun Lynn (Peugeot 908 HDi FAP) became the undisputed Masters Endurance Legends prototype champion and Michael McInerney took the GT division with his Mosler MT900R by a single point.  Andrew Haddon won the 2021 Gentlemen Drivers title in his Lotus Elan with a slim points advantage over the rapid C2 class winners Mark Holme and Jeremy Welch (Austin Healey 3000).  The under two-litre cars fended off the Mustangs and Galaxies to win the Pre-‘66 Touring Car championship, with the pairing of Marcus Jewell and Ben Clucas sharing top honours with Richard Dutton, both on 24 points driving Lotus Cortinas.

The 2022 Tour Auto will start with its traditional exhibition day in Paris on Monday, April 25, after which the 230 crews will set off on a route to discover the hidden charms and culture of the French countryside.  Next Year’s programme will include some 2,000kms over five legs with sessions on four circuits and a dozen of special stages on closed roads.  Unusually, the event will finish in the Principality of Andorra, a state visited once only in its history, in 2002, with the final parc fermé in Andorra la Vella, the highest capital of Europe at 1023ms.

Concerned to renew and refresh the variety of cars each year, the organisers highlight a type of car that contributed to the history of the Tour de France Automobile between 1951 and 1973.  In 2022, the event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari 365 GTB4’s 1972 double and Jean-Claude Andruet’s victory, in the car already nicknamed “Daytona”.

A tribute will also be paid to the “pioneers”, the cars of the major marques that took part in the very first post-war editions, between 1951 and 1954, such as Delahaye 235, Ferrari, Fiat 8V, Gordini barchettas, Jaguar C-type, Osca, etc.

With Retromobile back on the calendar for 2022 (2-6 February), the much-missed exhibition is pulling out all the stops to make this a memorable edition.   Amongst other special features, “The fabulous GORDINI saga,” in partnership with the National Automobile Museum, Schlumpf Collection and the historian Christian Huet, will present a unique retrospective of the entire production of the engineer Amédée Gordini, from 1947 to 1971, at the 2022 show.   With his nickname of “the Sorcerer,” Amédée Gordini was often dogged by a lack of the cash that many of his rivals enjoyed.  He nonetheless produced an astounding record of success on the race track with his Gordini cars and in collaboration with other manufacturers.

British Racing Motors has confirmed that one of its run of three BRM P15 V16 cars, which are being manufactured by Hall and Hall using original blueprints and drawings from the BRM archive, is to be purchased by Richard Mille.   Historic racing fan, sponsor, and collector, Richard Mille, has the world’s most extensive collection of BRM racing cars including a recently restored original MK1 BRM V16 and a superb original P30 V16 MK2.  The all-new P15 V16, which is being built to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary, will be added to his collection, when complete.

“I have been a huge BRM fan for many years,” said Mille, “ever since I started collecting historic cars more than 15 years ago.  I knew I was becoming serious about BRM when I invested in the wonderful P115 H16 - but there is something I find particularly fascinating about the V16.  Not only is it, to my eye, the most beautiful Formula 1 car of its time, but it is also the most technically complex, particularly if you think about the technology of the day.  Anybody who knows my watches, will know that I admire technical complexity.”

NET-HERO is an innovative platform to help motorists around the world to offset their carbon footprint.  A simple to use web-based app available in five languages, it allows drivers to accurately calculate the greenhouse gas emissions for new and classic cars.  First, motorists enter their vehicle’s details to calculate its carbon footprint.  Secondly, they can contribute to high quality carbon projects by purchasing from a custom AAA+ BeZero-rated offset basket, developed with decarbonisation specialists BeZero Carbon.  Every basket removes the greenhouse gas emissions generated by vehicle engines.  Finally, motorists will receive an email certificate and a custom vignette to show their status as an environmentally friendly driver.   NET-HERO is a stand-alone company (supported by HERO-ERA) called BeZero, who are experts in the field.  As a company HERO-ERA is already carbon neutral, and eventually all the entrants’ vehicles on its rallies will be carbon neutral on the events, as HERO will simply add the relatively low charges to the entry fee. 

…..And the HSCC

The Historic Sports Car Club has joined with other similar organisations in offsetting the carbon produced during its 2021 racing season. At a time when the climate is at the forefront of the news, the HSCC has off-set carbon produced via a UK tree-planting project under the guidance of Carbon Footprint Ltd.  The offset has been calculated to cover the Club’s entire racing season as well as the travel undertaken by Club officials during the season.  The calculation was based on the number of cars and laps completed during the HSCC racing season at realistic fuel consumption figures and working to the UK DEFRA emission statistics.  The carbon off-set will now be completed each season and it is hoped to develop the programme to take account of marshals’ travel and competitor pre-event testing. 

The carbon off-set builds on the Club’s initiatives to move to on-line documentation and reduce paper consumption, greater use of online meetings and other changes to procedures.

After two years of cancellations, the tenth anniversary of the Eifel Rallye Festival will finally be celebrated in 2022.  Some 160 rally cars, spanning 50 years of rally history will come next year for a special  celebration of 50 years of the World Rally Championship.  “During the forced break, we worked hard, and fans can look forward to a number of  surprises”, promised Reinhard Klein, who is responsible for the composition of the starting field.  International interest in the Festival has increased once again with Slowly Sideways Teams from the Iberian Peninsula aiming to bring at least one car transporter-full of original or true-to-original replicas of classic rally cars.

Starting with a new Shakedown near Bodenbach and a completely new stage on Friday, with an additional highlight on Saturday, the anniversary Festival will offer many new perspectives to fans and participants.  The cornerstones of the event will remain.  “We like to hold on to the tried and tested, but add additional attractions for participants and fans”, says head of the organising team, Otmar Anschütz.”