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Little Classics News: 16 June 2015

Neal and Shedden to Return to Silverstone Classic in Lotus Cortina

Matt Neal with Lotus Cortina

Touring car legends Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden are teaming up once again for a second shot at glory at this year’s 25th anniversary Silverstone Classic (24-26 July).

The duo, who between them have racked up four BTCC titles, joined forces at last summer’s Classic to share a Lotus Cortina in the showdown for pre-1966, under 2-Litre Touring Cars (U2TC). Shedden took pole position in the Team Dynamics-prepared car and was involved in a titanic battle for the lead before a mid-race mechanical issue scuppered all chances of a debut victory.

Lotus Cortina on track

The pair are now revved up for a Classic return and have their sights set on the U2TC win.

“Matt and I will be back in the Lotus Cortina following our escapades of 12 months ago,” confirmed Shedden. “That was the car’s competitive debut, and we haven’t really done anything with it since, so we’ll need to dust off the cobwebs if we want to finish the job we started last year and win the race.”

Silverstone Classic track start

Notably last summer’s U2TC winners, racing journalist Richard Meaden and Grant Tromans, will be back to defend their title as will runners-up Neil Brown and Richard Dutton – both crews in Lotus Cortinas. Others sure to be battling it out with Neal and Shedden include brothers Andrew and Max Banks in their Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA and the super-swift BMW 1800TiSA of Richard Shaw and 1969 Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver.

Lotus Cortina racing at Silverstone

“Last year was my first time at the Classic, and I really enjoyed myself,” enthused Shedden. “I couldn’t believe how many mega bits of kit there were across the board – all in one place. The variety is superb and the grids are massive – there were 41 entries in the U2TC race alone.

SIlverstone racing Lotus Cortina

“Better still, it’s a real family-friendly weekend, with so much to see and do even aside from the spectacular racing. There really is something for everyone – a great mix of motor sport, live music and entertainment. It’s just a cracking all-round show.”



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