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Let's make it 30 entries at Brands Hatch!
With just over a week to go there are 28 confirmed entries for the next leg of the European and British Championships to be held on the historic Grand Prix circuit for the Brands Hatch Superprix.
The HSCC are also now offering a discount on race entry fees if there are 28 entries or more for the Gold Cup at Oulton Park two weeks afterwards. At 28 entries, the fee will drop to £550. When we get to 34 cars, and there are the cars to do so, we’ll only have to pay £450 to race at one of our most iconic and enjoyable circuits. In addition to this being the prestigious Gold Cup meeting, the One-Litre F3 race winner will receive the newly inaugurated Sir Jackie Stewart Trophy.
At Brands Hatch, in addition to the many regulars from France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK we are joined by some familiar and new faces to the series. Many of our European colleagues will also be travelling onwards to Oulton Park.
At Brands Hatch, Sam Harrison in Mike O’Brien’s Speedsport Brabham BT21B, resplendent in Ian Walker Racing original colours, must be a favourite for victory, although Jeremy Timms in his Chevron B17 will run him hard as he did successfully last year. To spice up the front of the grid will be series returnee Andrew Hibberd (Brabham BT18) and Peter de la Roche in Ian Phillips’ Alexis Mk 17 on his second outing in the car.
Richard Trott (former Classic F3 Champion) has his first outing in his Brabham BT28 and will certainly be running near the front. Richard Wise, who scored a podium on his first time out at Cadwell Park in his Tecno will be looking to continue in similar vein, whilst the front running European contingent of Francois Derossi (Chevron B17), Roland Fischer (Tecno 69) and Christoph Widmer (Brabham BT18) will be adding further competition at the front end.
Alejo Perez-Monsalvo in his Alexis Mk12 is a welcome addition and other first time this year appearances include Ross Drybrough in his Merlyn Mk14.
A quick question for the series knowledge buffs is when was the last time we had two father and sons racing together? Peter Hamilton (Tecno) is joined as at Cadwell by son Sam (Lotus 51) whilst former European Champion Christoph Widmer is again joined by son Austin (De Sanctis F3 69) thanks to owner Paul Waine’s generosity.
The series has the benefit of having close but fairly fought competition, a feature not always prevalent in other forms of historic racing. There is also strength in depth with close racing throughout the grid and the persistent arrival of new faces and cars serve to make the outcome less predictable. Long may that continue as we approach the 60th Anniversary next year.