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Little Classics News: 9 July 2014

BTCC Stars to Race Classics at Silverstone Classic

BTCC stars Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden share the hot-seat in a Lotus Cortina

Four champions from the British Touring Car Championship will be competing at this month’s Silverstone Classic on 25-27 July.

Tim Harvey, titlist in 1992, is already a firm favourite at the annual Classic having wowed the crowds racing his old flame-spitting Labatts Sierra RS500 (below) at last year’s event. Now he returns to race a Ford GT40 in Saturday evening’s FIA Masters Historic Sports Car showdown, which features a full-capacity 58-car grid of Le Mans style GTs and prototypes from the Sixties and early Seventies.

Tim Harvey's Labatt's Sierra RS500

Now, however, Harvey will be joined by fellow BTCC champions Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden and Colin Turkington who are all gearing up to make their eagerly anticipated debuts at the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival later this month.

"They will all really enjoy the truly epic experience and I’m sure they will get just as addicted as I now am,” predicted Harvey. “I just hope they don’t roll up their sleeves too far and use current BTCC driving tactics!

Tim Harvey in a Ford GT40

“Silverstone Classic is an absolutely awesome event with so many fabulous cars – what’s more they are not just on show but actually competing at flat-out speeds. To be racing a wonderful GT40 this year will be every bit as special as it was to be reunited with my old RS500 last year. It’s a thrilling prospect and I can't wait."

Both Neal and Shedden will be swapping their regular Civic Tourers for a newly acquired Lotus Cortina (top), which they will be sharing in the popular two-driver race for Under 2-Litre Touring Cars (U2TC) on Saturday morning.

Colin Turkington will be spending his honeymoon racing a Ford Galaxie

As it’s exactly 50 years ago that racing legend Jim Clark took the BTCC crown racing a Lotus Cortina, it’s doubly fitting that two former BTCC champions should be sharing one of these souped up saloons from the Sixties.

Turkington will be competing in two very different saloon cars at the Classic. He is racing a mighty V8-powered Ford Galaxie (above) from the Sixties in the pair of Mustang Celebration Trophy Proudly Presented by Pure Michigan showdowns plus an iconic BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ in the two JET Super Touring Trophy races. The BMW wears the famous BMW ‘Art Car’ livery as penned by US artist Alexander Calder back in 1975.

Colin Turkington will be spending his honeymoon racing a BMW CSL ‘Batmobile’

“I’ve never raced anything like it,” admitted Turkington. “I’ve no idea how competitive we’ll be, but I’d like to do some more historic racing if I can. It sounds like a great event and I just want to go and enjoy it – more so as it’s my honeymoon and I don’t know quite how I’ve managed to be at Silverstone!”

Those wanting to see today’s BTCC heroes racing down memory lane can buy tickets and hospitality via the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website.



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