The British Automobile Racing Club descends on Silverstone this weekend (April 24/25) for the first of four visits to the Home of British Motor Racing over the course of 2021, with both the Britcar Endurance Championship and Classic Touring Car Racing Club set to take centre stage.
Marking the start of the new season for both categories, edge-of-the-seat entertainment around the International layout of the Northamptonshire venue is all-but guaranteed – and a moment won’t be missed as it will be streamed live online via the Club’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
Capacity grids feature in both the Endurance and Trophy championships of Britcar this year, with welcome returnees being joined by a host of new competitors at the wheel of some exciting machines.
The title-winning Praga marque gets its own category this year as it competes within the Endurance races for a discrete championship and it boasts the 2020 joint title winners. Jem Hepworth is back behind the wheel of a Praga whilst co-champion Danny Harrison has switched to a Nissan GT3. With a joint grid of dozen Pragas and eclectic mix of GT3, GT4, Cup, Challenge and TCR machinery, a spectacular show awaits.
Despite being launched in the midst of COVID restrictions last year, the Trophy category proved to be an unmitigated success and 2021 promises to be even better with many new entries pushing the envelope of grid capacity as former exponents of sprint-style one-make and tin-top series adapt to the challenge of the endurance format.
Elsewhere, the Classic Touring Car Racing Club is poised to set a new record as it fields the biggest entry in its illustrious 45-year history. Home to some of the most iconic saloon cars across countless decades, variety is the spice of life when it comes to the CTCRC where there is something for everyone.
Taking fans on a spirited trip down memory lane is the Poultec – Classic Race Engines Pre ’66 Touring Cars, Shell Oil Pre 83′ Touring Car Championship, Laser Tools Pre-93 Touring Cars Championship, Simply Serviced Pre-2003 Touring Cars Championship, Burton Power Products Blue Oval Saloon Series and Edmundson Electrical Classic & Historic Thunder Saloons Championship.
In addition to all that nostalgia, one new series that is joining the CTCRC ranks is the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Saloon & GT Championship; showcasing the best of models from the iconic manufacturer.
The Mini 7 Racing Club has become a popular guest series to feature during BARC race meetings down the years and for good reason too with wheel-to-wheel thrills and spills normally taking place around every corner. Small in stature but packing a real punch under the bonnet, the Miglia and Se7en encounters will likely produce some of the closest finishes you will end up seeing all weekend.
Notable names to keep an eye on include former BTCC champion Andrew Jordan, Nick Padmore, James Colburn, Aaron Smith and Scott Kendall, amongst a host of others.
Capping off the weekend’s action will be a pair of races from the Goodyear Touring Car Trophy. Giving driver’s the opportunity to drive outdated BTCC machinery at an affordable price, the series has gone from strength to strength in recent years and 2021 looks to be no different.
To find out more information on this weekend’s race meeting at Silverstone – including links to live timing, timetable and final instructions – click here.