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F1 cars headline superb entry list for this weekend's Historic Superprix

Sunday, June 26 2011

A huge entry list of historic racing cars will be taking to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend (1-3 July) for the HSCC Superprix. The annual fixture at the Kent circuit, organised by the Historic Sports Car Club, is a highlight of the historic racing calendar and becomes a three-day meeting for the first time this year.

The event is headlined by the FIA Historic Formula One Championship and taking place just one week before this years British Grand Prix, is the perfect way to kick off seven days of F1 fever. Whilst the sport is in a rude state of health right now, the glory days of the 70s and 80s will be recalled with cars from the McLaren, Williams, Brabham and Tyrrell factories likely to be the ones to watch. Not only is Brands Hatch a venue that many of these racers once competed at, it is one of the few to remain virtually unchanged in its layout.

Competing for the crowd's affection in the 80s was Group C sportscar racing, with spectacular cars from Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes and Nissan battling all over the world. Le Mans may have been the one they all wanted to win but the Brands Hatch 1000km race was a sportscar classic and all of these cars, plus many more can be seen on track once again.

The many feeder formulas to F1 saw some of the world's greatest drivers first signal intent of their ambitions. Certainly great things were expected of Senna, Button and Hamilton before they had even taken part in their first Grand Prix. The Historic Superprix will feature races from classic Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula Junior and Formula Ford cars, many of which still carry the names of their illustrious former drivers and will see large grids filling the 2.3 mile circuit.

GT cars are also well-catered for with many racing stars in the line up for the E-Type celebration races. Desiré Wilson, the only woman to win an F1 race, will face Barry Whizzo Williams, former BTCC champion John Cleland and former F1 driver and team owner Jackie Oliver in the legendary car's 50th anniversary year. Further variety is provided in Road Sports, with Lotuses, MGs, Alfa Romeos, Datsuns, Lancias and many more. Races for the older sports racing cars of the 60s and 70s sees Chevrons, Lolas and Abarths, too.

Finally, fans of saloon car racing will rejoice at the sight of the entrants of the Historic Touring car race. Close racing has always been a feature of this category and expect to see a revival of the great battles as the big American muscle cars such as the Ford Mustangs and Falcons take on the lighter and more agile Mini Coopers and Lotus Cortinas. The big Jaguar saloons and little Austin A40s and Hillman Imps are sure to provide an entertaining sideshow too.

Tickets for the Brands Hatch HSCC Historic Superprix are available in advance from £17 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below