Our next round at Anglesey marks the midway point of our season, here are a few updates for you, plus an important word from our Scrutineers, following checks at the last two rounds.
Race Reports: Silverstone GP and Brands Britannia All the various components of our detailed event reports are being put together. We aim to get these out to you as soon as possible after each round, but they involve multiple individuals, some of whom have day jobs. We hope you agree that they are worth the wait?
USA: Daytona and Sebring
Look out for a long-overdue post within the next 7 days or so, when we release entry forms for both rounds. Thank you all for your patience, it has taken time to get confirmed information from both the shippers and HSR.
Anglesey 24 Hours
The centrepiece of our UK calendar this season and now just over three weeks away, on 1st/2nd July. Just to recap, each series enjoys 4 x 40 minute race sessions, spread over 24 hours, plus qualifying and night familiarisation, all for just £725. We have space in each race at the time of writing and would please urge drivers who have yet to enter, to do so now, or at least give us an indication they plan to do so. This will help us make any final tweaks to the timetable, as well as garage, scrutineering and other volunteer arrangements. https://www.classicsportscarclub.co.uk/2023-anglesey
Oulton Park Gold Cup
After a popular debut last year, the JMC Racing Special Saloons & Modsports are back, on 29th/30th July, with a pair of races, in front of an appreciative crowd. Entries are open, it would be great to match or even beat last years high of 32 cars on the grid. It's early stages, but entries are already into double figures. https://www.classicsportscarclub.co.uk/2023-oulton-goldcup
Donington Park GP As you will have seen, entries have just opened for our August 5th/6th two-dayer, this time on the longer 2.49 miles Grand Prix circuit. It may not have the flow of the National circuit, but the Loop gives an extra couple of overtaking opportunities and who doesn't like an opportunity to drift around the hairpin? This configuration, featuring the Melbourne Loop gives us the best excuse to share this clip, if ever one was needed:
Later in 2023 There is yet more to come, to round out our 20th anniversary season, including Mallory Park, Oulton Park, 'out-rounds' at Castle Combe for the Adams & Page Swinging 60s and Donington Park for a second time for the Gold Arts Magnificent Sevens, plus our finale at the superb Croft circuit. More news on these in the near future.
2024 Well, we're well underway with our discussions and ideas, but top of the list is a confirmed return to Spa Francorchamps. We continue to use this year to keep our ears open and establish what has changed since our successful foray in June '22. We will update our guide later this year, to give you the best, proven advice on crossing the channel with minimal hassle.
Le Mans is still on our wish list, but the circuit is rumoured to be lowering the noise limits for club events, to a level that may not be possible to be reached by many race cars. We continue to hold discussions with our French friends.
Finally, a word from our Scrutineers.
1. They are reminding competitors to double check their HANS tethers/posts/helmet is compatible. This document is the latest from the FIA: https://mailchi.mp/0d429f5d6481/asn-safety-bulletin28?e=%5bUNIQID%5d
2. Expired extinguisher and harness dates. Typing 'N/A' when signing on and turning up with expired safety equipment is likely to land you in hot water with officials, as well as risking being sent home early. If your car is kept with a team and you are uncertain of these expiry dates, please ask them for the information now. Some confusion with harnesses may have been caused by MSUK (correctly) extending the life of some, but not all harnesses, for UK competition. K2.1.7 For national events, where Specific Regulations require an FIA Homologated harness, harnesses homologated by the FIA according to FIA standard 8853-2016 may be used for up to five years after the year stated on the label. Harnesses homologated by the FIA according to FIA standards 8853/98 and 8854/98 may be used until 31st December of the year stated on the label. Harnesses homologated by the FIA will display the FIA Homologation Label on the left shoulder strap.
3. Now that the weather is warmer, a reminder that drivers must not release their harnesses, or remove their gloves when travelling down the pit lane after a race. You must wait until stationary and out of the car, either when being interviewed by a commentator, in Parc Ferme, or safely back in the paddock.