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Little Classics News: 19 June 2014

Classic Best of British set for Brands Hatch

AMOC Racing - ‘Best of British’ at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch circuit will be the focus of top-flight Vintage, Historic and Classic racing on 28-29th June as it hosts the AMOC Racing Festival which is set to be a truly British celebration. The varied weekend programme of eleven races pays homage to a range of competition disciplines where British teams and marques excelled in period including endurance, sports-racers, pre-War raiders and Grand Tourers.

Saturday’s races are contested on the ‘Indy’ Circuit, commencing with an endurance race for the AMR GT4 Challenge of Great Britain. “Equipe” GTS features classic cars from Triumph, Austin-Healey, MG, Aston Martin and Elva small capacity production sports cars that would have flown the British flag at Le Mans in the 1960s and, all be-it several decades previous the Aston Martin, Bentley and Rileys that appear in the Pre-War Team Challenge. The “Innes Ireland Cup” is named in honour of the larger-than-life racer of the 1960s who excelled in Formula One and endurance racing. AC Cobra, Jaguar Lightweight E-type, Aston Martin DP214 Replica will be driven hard in their forty five minute event, complimenting the ethos of this great British sportsman.

There is strong support for a double-header AMOC 1950s Sports Cars including the Vredestein Jaguar XK Challenge; Jaguar XK120 and XK140s lay the gauntlet to Austin-Healey 100, Cooper Bobtail, Lister Jaguar, Aston Martin DB2, DB3S, DB2/4 and DB4 in their 30 minute races - one on each day. The AMOC Inter-marque Championship also enjoys two outings, the line-up of Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche models spanning seven decades is the most varied in motorsport. Close action throughout the field is guaranteed as racers battle to accumulate championship points for their representative marques.

AMOC Intermarque Championship

Sunday’s programme races on the Grand Prix Circuit, which as well as another outing for “Equipe” GTS features two of the most prestigious historic racing trophies in Europe. Motor Racing Legends’ RAC Woodcote Trophy for period specification sports-racers of the post-War era, up to and including December 1955 will see Jaguar C and D-Types scrapping with Frazer Nash, Austin-Healey and Lotus in a race just shy of an hour long in duration and is set to be one of the highlights of the weekend.

The ‘GT and Sports Car Cup’ caters for genuine Pre ’66 GT and Pre ’63 Sports-Cars that competed in the World Endurance Championship. Their hour and a half weekend finale welcomes competitors at the top of their game from the United Kingdom and Europe competing in a mouth-watering grid of Jaguar, Lotus, Bizzarini, Porsche, AC Cobra, Lister and MG to name but a few.

Saturday’s competition gets underway at 09.00am with qualifying before the first race, the AMR GT4 Challenge of Great Britain at 12.15pm. It recommences with “Equipe” GTS at 2.35pm after the lunch break and Aston Martin track parade until approximately 6.30pm. Qualifying commences at 10.00am on Sunday with the first race, the RAC Woodcote Trophy commending after the lunch break and Aston Martin track parade at 1.15pm followed by four further races.

Weekend tickets are available for £18 in advance, online. Single day tickets cost £10 (Saturday) or £14 (Sunday) on the gate. Children under 13 go free. See www.amocracing.org for further details.



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