Huge Super Touring Grid Expected For Silverstone Classic


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A superb grid of Super Touring Car machinery will line up for this summer’s Silverstone Classic event on 25-27 July, with star drivers such as John Cleand and Patrick Watts among the confirmed participants expected to topple 50 entrants.

The event will bring back the nostalgia of the 90s, with the biggest grid yet of revived Super Touring Car classics gathering for the visit to Silverstone this summer in the iconic yearly event, part of the five-event HSCC Super Touring Championship which begins at Thruxton in Easter.

The double-header at Silverstone is expected to break an astonishing total of 50 iconic cars for this year’s classic race, the series having already reunited the likes of Tim Harvey with his former BTCC-specification Labbatt’s Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 he previously raced back in 1990.

Among the newest additions to the grid include a pair of former Works Williams F1-prepared Renault Lagunas uncovered from Serbia, which will carry the same distinguished green Nescafé Blend 37 sponsorship that adorned the cars when Jason Plato and former F1 driver Jean-Christophe Boullion raced them back in the 1999 BTCC season.

A handful of  BMW E36 machines will expand the grid containing a wide array of former BTCC favourites from the 90s, including several Castrol-liveried cars from the Italian Championship as well as the eye-catching James Bond 007 chassis as raced by Johnny Cecotto in the 1995 BTCC season.

Event Director, Nick Wigley, said: “The renaissance of the Super Touring era just gets better and better. Thanks to great television coverage, these cars and drivers became household names back in the 1990s, so it’s absolutely no surprise that they are proving every bit as popular second time around.

“The two previous races at last year’s Classic were just fantastic and, in typical touring car style, ended in controversy following a clash on the final lap! Now, with even more great cars on the grid, July’s two ‘sleeves up’ showdowns promise to provide even more thrills and spills.” 

Tickets for this summer’s edition of the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival ae available from the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website.