Masters Historic Festival next at Brands Hatch
Masters Historic Festival next at Brands Hatch

We are now into May and that means we are nearer to a meeting I always look forward to – as Saturday and Sunday 26th & 27th sees the 12th running of the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch, on the full GP Circuit, with the on track action recalling plenty of the history of racing at the circuit – this meeting is always one of the highlights of the season.

This event features two 25min races (one on Saturday, one on Sunday) for the FIA Masters Historic Formula One championship, with 3 litre Formula One cars eligible from between 1966 and 1985. The track has changed very little since these cars raced there in period and the cars in this championship are required to run original liveries, so the looks and sounds evoke memories of the times when Brands hosted Grand Prix events. Past seasons have seen iconic cars from Williams, Lotus, Shadow, Tyrrell, Arrows, Hesketh etc, with the results split into classes according to the age of the car.

Two Sports Car series are on the programme as well, with the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car championship on Sunday usually featuring Lola T70’s, Chevrons, Osella, Fords that date between 1962 and 1974.

This season sees the introduction of a new series, for Masters Endurance Legends, and this will be contested by Prototype & GT cars that raced in major endurance racing events between 1995 and 2012. They also get one race on each of the two days.

The Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race is a one hour race with compulsory pit stops and will feature Ford Falcons & Mustangs, Lotus Cortinas, Minis and a wide variety of saloons that raced prior to 1966.

The Saturday action will be rounded off by a 90min mini-endurance race – the Gentlemen Drivers race for Pre 1966 GT Cars. This also has compulsory pit-stops usually sees cars from Aston Martin, Jaguar, AC, Porsche, Ferrari, MG, Morgan and TVR racing against Chevrolet, Ford, Austin Healey Alfa Romeo, Triumph and Lotus.

The HSCC Historic Formula Two championship will have two races on Sunday, as do the drivers from the Dutch Youngtimer series.

It should be a fantastic weekend of racing, with many great sounding and looking cars being raced as they were intended and on what is still one of the most iconic circuits in the world. It is also a great opportunity to walk out around the GP loop and view the cars at some great corners.

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