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On the Saturday night of the Velodromloppet (see page 50), RHK held its award ceremony for last season’s winners, with over a hundred prizes awarded for all the classes.  Johan Lund, as last year’s RHK Champion received the biggest trophy.  RHK also took the opportunity to award its special prizes.   The Ronnie Peterson statue went to Patrik Åström, who “with the stubbornness of a fool” managed to get to last year’s Velodrome race in the autumn against all odds.  Torsten’s Memorial went to Tobias Svanberg for his positive fight in the 1000cc Cup.  The Presidents’ Trophy was awarded to Anders Dahlgren for his positivity and many years of hard work behind-the-scenes.

Entries are now open for the HSR Classic Daytona event, which takes place on 27-31 October.  The event, which features seven different Run Groups competing in succession for a full 24 hours on the iconic Daytona International Speedway 3.56-mile road course.  The various period-correct classes within each Run Group combine to make just about any closed-wheel competition sports car from the last 60 years eligible for the event.

The weekend also features the regular season HSR Daytona Historics, a points-paying round of the overall 2021 HSR racing season.

The HSR Classic Daytona will highlight Porsche as featured marque in tribute to Porsche’s record as the most successful manufacturer in the history of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, amassing a record 22 overall wins, with the first coming in 1968 and the most recent in 2010.  The winning run includes a record 11 consecutive overall victories from 1977 through 1987.

Race Ready, Promoters of the Estoril Classic race meeting, is calling for all drivers of ‘70s and ‘80s F1 cars to get in touch for a sponsored race at the Estoril Classics event, which takes place in sunny southern Portugal on 8-10 October. This will be the fourth successful year for the independent F1 race at the event, as drivers seek to prolong the summer season in the south, with generously subsidised travel for them and their cars.

This will be the second year that Peter Auto brings the Peter Auto grids and the exceptional cars that they invariably attract, and many F1 drivers will use the opportunity to bring one or more other cars for these races. This year all the Peter Auto grids will be present and the weekend will culminate in a grand season-end prizegiving to reward all the Peter Auto Champions of 2021. The races include the 2.0L Cup, for first generation Porsche 911s; Classic Endurance Racing 1 & 2 for two eras of sports and endurance prototypes; Group C Racing, for even later Endurance cars, Endurance Racing Legends, for the most recent prototypes and LMP cars up to the 2000s; the Heritage Touring Cup for cars of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s; Sixties’ Endurance, always a favourite, with a packed grid for pre-‘66 GT cars and pre-‘63 prototypes in a 2-hour format, and Peter Auto’s own eclectic mix of exceptional GT and sports racers in The Greatest’s Trophy pair of races.

Diogo Ferrão’s Iberian Endurance series has been a regular feature of this meeting from the beginning, and this year will be no exception, with a big grid of GT, prototypes and touring cars of the 70s expected.

Another feature of this weekend, which forms the cornerstone of Estoril Classics Week, is the start and finish of the Rally de Portugal Histórico, considered to be one of the best regularity events in Europe.

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The race line-up for the Goodwood Revival meeting, which takes place this year on 18-19 September, has been officially announced.  Old favourites are back on the programme, some renamed, so the Kinrara Trophy for Pre-‘63 GT cars now becomes the Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy and the Goodwood Trophy, for pre and early post-war Grand Prix cars, will be called the Festival of Britain Trophy.  The prestigious RAC TT for pre-‘66 GT cars and the popular St Mary’s Trophy pair of races, run in a pro-am format for Touring cars, both remain on the programme.

A 45-minute race for Minis only, which first took place at the Revival in 2009, and then again at the Members’ Meeting in 2019 as the Betty Richmond Trophy, will come back to the Revival as the John Whitmore Trophy.

The Sportscar races span a swathe of history, from the Brooklands Trophy for pre-war sports cars, to the Sussex Trophy for sports racing cars of the ‘50s and the Freddie March Memorial Trophy for production sports cars of the same era.  Finally, there is the Whitsun Trophy for big banger unlimited sportscars up to 1966.

Along with the newly named Festival of Britain Trophy, single seaters will be racing in the Richmond Trophy for front-engined Grand Prix cars up to 1960, and the Glover Trophy for pre-‘66 GP cars.  This year’s Chichester Cup is for front-engined Formula Juniors. 

The Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy races for Grand Prix motorcycles of the 1960s remains a firm favourite on the programme, with its two-race format to include invited VIPs.

After a rather stuttering start due to postponements and cancellations, it has been confirmed that the new Group C Classics series announced by Peter Schleifer earlier in the year, will run along with his Can-Am cars and the Sportscars of FHR, at both the 16-18 July Zandvoort Historic GP and the Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring on 13-15 August. 2Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for entries.

In our June issue we previewed the Zandvoort Grand Prix meeting (and misreported the date, for which apologies – it is to take place on 16-18 July) with much enthusiasm, looking forward to at last seeing an international historic grid on the new circuit layout.  However, in a repeat of last year’s scenario, the HSCC announced the cancellation of its Historic Formula 2 race at the meeting and, just as we go to press, the FIA has cancelled its Formula 3 European Cup race due “travel restrictions as well as the actual status of the entry.”  The FIA will refund anyone who has already paid an entry fee.

Last year the Masters, who provide the largest proportion of the content for this meeting, held its nerve and provided most of the grids they had originally announced.  Their policy is one of not letting meeting promoters down, even if it means much reduced grid sizes.  They also have many competitors coming from the continent, which (again as we go to press), is open for travel as long as one is regularly tested.  

Fortunately there are a number of home-grown and German grids only too happy to take a race slot at such a great circuit and such a prestigious event.  Promoters are not expected to have any dificulty in filling the vacant slots.

The 2021 NKHTGT season finally kicked off at the Benelux Open Races meeting at Zandvoort on 4-5 June with a big grid shared with the Triumph Competition series.  Niek van Gils was the fastest qualifier in his TVR Griffith, posting a 2:02 lap time, with Roelant de Waard (Shelby Mustang GT350) just 0.4sec in arrears.  Jos Stevens qualified third in his Lotus Elan in marked contrast to his son Bob who did not complete a single lap due to brake problems.  Duncan Huisman was fastest of the touring cars in Cees Lubbers’ Ford Falcon, just 0.4 of a second ahead of Carlo Hamilton.

Roelant de Waard finished second in both races in his Shelby Mustang GT350

The first race was slow to start, as young Bob Stevens’ brake problems had not been cured and, with brakes locked solid, he ended up stranded on the track at the back of the circuit.  This meant a long drive for the tow truck and thus a lengthy safety car period.  However once underway the three leaders held station in the one-hour race and, after the pitstops, the order remained the same.  The touring car class produced a more exciting contest, with initial leaders Huisman and Lubbers overhauled by old hands Martin Bijleveld and Jaap van der Ende, and Carlo Hamilton, who had come from the back of the pack to take second in class in an all Ford Falcon podium.

The second race, of 50 minutes, started on a damp track that soon had a dry racing line.  Jan van Elderen was quickest away this time in his E-type, hotly pursued by de Waard and van der Ende leading the touring cars.  Proceedings were interrupted again by a safety car period that ended just as the pitstop window opened.  Bob Stevens, now with working brakes on his Lotus Elan, was one of the first to stop and subsequently went on to record some very quick lap times.  When de Waard had made his pitstop, the little Lotus was ahead and stayed ahead to score a dominant win.  De Waard came home second and first in the GTS12 class.

There was mayhem in the touring car class.  First Hamilton dropped out with engine failure, then van der Ende pitted too early and was sent on his way by the team, only to receive a stop-and-go for pitlane speeding.  After the pitstops Duncan Huisman was the man on the move, taking over the lead in Lubbers’ Falcon, but Bas Jansen was not far behind in his Mustang.  He was so close in fact that he was gifted the win when Lubbers/Huisman received a 10 second penalty for a pitlane infringement.  Bijleveld/van der Ende salvaged third in class.

The Alfa Revival Cup drivers reconvened under sunlit skies for their tenth season on 29-30 May at the Autodromo Nazionale of Monza.  Many regulars were, of course, present, but there were also many newcomers, such as Gianmarco Rossi and Vittorio Mandelli in a 1958 Giulietta Ti; the very young Giulio Sordi, accompanied by the whole Sordi family, making his absolute racing debut in a Giulia Ti Super shared with Gilles Giovannini; the well-known Italian drivers Domiziano Giacon and Luca Rangoni in a GTV 2000; Swiss driver Daniele Perfetti, highly experienced in both modern and historic cars, driving a “giallo ocra” GTAM and, finally, the Senesi brothers Fabio and Federico Leonini in a beautiful and very well prepared Alfasud Ti 1.5. 

It was a GTAM 1, 2, 3

After a whole day of free practice and testing on Friday, it was clear that driver/preparer Franco Monguzzi would be the man to beat in his GTAM.   And qualifying on Saturday morning confirmed it.  However it was Davide Bertinelli who lined up on pole alongside the Benedini brothers, Gianpaolo and Emanuele, after Monguzzi was penalised three places for overtaking under yellow flags during qualifying.  The Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 Group 4 of Massimo Guerra and Giovanni Serio was the first car to qualify behind five GTAMs.   Bad luck for Bruno Mazzuoli and Amerigo Bigliazzi who crashed their Alfetta GTV Group 5 violently during qualifying due to a mechanical failure.

The qualifying setback didn’t affect Monguzzi, who was back in the lead halfway through the first lap of the 60-minute race, with Bertinelli following him all the way home, while the Benedinis encountered mechanical problems and retired after four laps.  A race-long battle for third place between Serio/Guerra, up from a sixth place start, and the GTAM of series regular Mathias Körber ended in the German’s favour. 

Gianmarco Rossi and Vittorio Mandelli collected maximum points by winning the Index of Performance in their Giulietta Ti

At the rear of the field were battles aplenty for the all-important Index of Performance points.  First prize went to the Giulietta Ti of Rossi/Mandelli, and second to the Giulia Sprint GTA of Crescenti/Mischis, seventh overall and first in class.  Young German driver  Niclas Ondrak took his Giulia Ti Super to third.  Six cars retired from the race, including the Perfetti GTAM.

Under brilliant southern sunshine the Iberian Endurance racers went to Spain and the Jarama circuit to support the meeting for the Super 7 Series and Super Cars, for the second round of their championships, on 5-6 June.

Porsche vs Merlyn, Rezende and Barbot take the fight to Jarama Photos Courtesy Race Ready

Joined by many local teams the Portuguese Iberian Endurance regulars had to concede two wins to Spaniards Jordi Puig and Fernando Navarrete driving their newly-acquired Ford GT40. With the GT40 circulating in the lead throughout the two 50-minute races, the 1000 socially-distanced spectators distributed in stands and viewing areas around the circuit turned their attention to the battle for second place between the Merlyn of Carlos Barbot and the Porsche RSRs of Pedro Bastos Rezende and locals Jesus Fuster/Alfredo Martinez. The battle ended in mechanical problems for the Spanish team, leaving Rezende and Barbot to continue their scrap from the race at the Algarve a couple of weeks earlier unabated. Rezende went on to finish 7 tenths of a second ahead of the Merlyn and also won the H-1976 category.

as socially distanced spectators look on

The second race took place later in the day, and everything picked up where it left off. This time a couple of safety car intervals mixed things up, but in the end did not alter the final results. What did alter the result though, was the time penalty incurred by Rezende for an out-of-window pit stop, which dropped him down to seventh place, handing second place overall to Barbot behind the GT40, and third to Carlos Brizido and Joäo Cardoso’s Porsche RSR, the pair having got the jump on the Porsche of Eduardo Davila to take fourth place in the closing stages of race 1.

The H-1971 category podium was a Porsche 911 ST lockout, with Frenchman Alexis Raoux winning the class in race 1 ahead of Madrileno Antonio Gutierrez, who reversed the order in race 2. The Index of Performance, and the Cuervo y Sobrinas watch, went to Pedro Moryion and José Carvalhosa, who drove a Porsche 356.

Carrera los ‘80s, Group 1 and Troféu Mini shared one big colourful grid

Also on the programme, the new Carrera los ‘80s grid ran alongside the other grids from Diogo Ferrão’s Race Ready organisation, for Group 1 cars and for Minis, to form one big grid that had two 40-minute races. Won by Ford Escorts, Fernando Gaspar’s in race 1 and Carlos Dias Pedro and Ricardo Pereira’s in race 2, Daniel Cuadrado and Diego Candano scored second in a BMW M3 E36 both times at the front of the 40-car field. Nuno and Jos Dias lifted the Mini Trophy in both races and the Production class went Tomás P. Abreu in his Datsun 1200.

Lights Go Green for German FHR Season

FHR held their first event of the season on 7-8 May at Hockenheim, bringing grids that included the Can-Am & Sportscars and the recently-announced Group C Classics, as well as the Gentle Drivers Trophy, GT Classics and Tourenwagen Classics. For this first outing, the Group C cars ran with the Can-Ams and sportscars with only two takers. Michael Lyons (Gebhardt C88) and Felix Haas (PRC 97), who twice stood on the Group C podium in that order. Georg Hallau went home with the most silverware, winning the sportscar category in the first of two races in his Lola T310, and taking both Gentle Drivers races in his Lotus 23. Runner-up in race one, Harry Schmidt turned the tables on Hallau in the second sportscar race in his McLaren M8C.

Georg Hallau - Lola T310 and Peter and Stefan Mücke in their Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri.  Photos Peter Heil

Previously, the two-minute mark for Group A cars on the 4.574km track was more or less the limit, but this was pulverised, as low and medium 1:50 times were almost the rule on the monitors during qualifying for the Tourenwagen Classics. Sub 2-minute times up to and including 19th place were noted. With a long safety car period at the start of the 40-minute race that lasted all the way to the pit stop window, overall victory went to the father-and-son team of Peter and Stefan Mücke with their Ford Zakspeed Turbo Capri. The leading pair had a bad stop, but Michael was able to recover from seventh place to beat Yannik Trautwein’s BMW E36 and Hans-Ulrich Kainzinger’s Porsche 993 GT2 to the line. Marc Seesing (BMW M3) and Michael Hahn BMW 325i, won the 88 and 86 Group A classes respectively.