The Historic Racing Drivers Club (HRDC) has confirmed a fully -subscribed grid for the inaugural race of its new 'Touring Greats' series. The championship, for pre-1960 historic touring cars, will see 32 cars line up at its first race at Brands Hatch on April 9th.

The field is set to include three female drivers, possibly a first in historic championships. Nicolas Kellet will be competing in her rare 'Lowlight' Morris Minor, with Victoria Beever making her racing debut in an I.K Classics run Rover 105S. Joining them will be experienced campaigner Louise Kennedy in a Fiat Abarth 850.

The series will run alongside HRDC's other new series, 'Grand Touring Greats', for sub-1500cc historic GT cars. Both series will headline the Motors TV televised race meeting at Mallory Park on 30th May.

HRDC founder, Julius Thurgood, commented: “This is what the competitors have been waiting for – a series which has made a positive return to grass root values, run solely for the competitors’ needs – not the organisers. By listening to what competitors really want, the HRDC has come up with a format that brings back the camaraderie and spirit that I believe has been lost through organisers chasing commercial interests which do not necessarily place the competitor first. The proof is plain to see – a full house for our first race, packed with a quality and diversity that would please any Revival crowd.”