Wednesday, February 20 2013
FIA Historic F1 racing will return to Brands Hatch this May (25-27), after confirmation that Masters Historic Racing, organisers of the Masters Festival, has taken over the organisation of the series for classic Grand Prix machinery. Motorsport's worldwide governing body has also given its endorsement for a historic sportscar championship.
The return of the FIA Historic F1 Championship to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will be an undoubted highlight of the annual spring festival, as the cars will race on a classic F1 track, with a character that is virtually unchanged from its halcyon days. The reorganised series has been split into two classes, with titles awarded for drivers of cars from the pre ground-effect era and newer machinery from the late 1970s and the following decade.
The new sportscar series will recall the days of the World Sportscar Championship, which frequently visited Brands Hatch for the 500 and 1000km classics. Pending ratification next month, the FIA Historic Sports Car Championship is expected to showcase evocative machinery that would also have competed at Le Mans.
Ron Maydon, President of Masters Historic Racing said: "I am delighted that we have been able to take on the FIA Historic Formula One Championship. We have worked closely with the FIA and are grateful to John Hughes for his efforts to make this happen. We hope we will be able to provide a focus for an excellent Historic Formula One category in 2013 and beyond, running alongside the new FIA Historic Sports Car Championship. This is the start of a whole new era for Masters Historic Racing and a tribute to how far we have come in the last nine years"
John Hughes, President of the FIA Historic Motor Sport Commission, said: "This is a very exciting and important time for historic motor racing. By entering into this agreement with Masters Historic Racing, the FIA is able to provide drivers with a far stronger Historic Formula One Championship than in recent seasons and can proudly announce a new FIA championship for sports cars. We are confident that the future is bright for historic Formula One and for FIA historic championships."
Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival, which will be headlined by the FIA Historic Formula One Championship, are available from £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.