Touring Car Champion Preparing To Turn Back The Clock

Tim Harvey is gearing up to meet with an old friend as he prepares for the Silverstone Classic on the 26-28th July.

The 1992 British Touring Car Champion will take to his old Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 for the first time in over 20 years in the Super Touring Trophy races at the historic racing festival.

“It’s my actual Labatt’s sponsored car from the 1989 and 1990 seasons, so to be reunited is just fantastic,” said Harvey. “That brilliant RS500 is probably my favourite touring car of all time and I certainly never thought I’d be racing it again. It must be the most original Cosworth Sierra still out there right down to the switches and stickers. I’m now really looking forward to Silverstone Classic. It’s going to be very special.”

Harvey will take to the Silverstone circuit for Saturday’s race, while the owner of the car, Paul Smith, will take driving duties in the Sunday race. Joining Harvey are fellow British Touring Car aces John Cleland and Patrick Watts, who couldn’t resist the opportunity to get back in the cars from their era.

“Basically it’s a bit of sentimentality,” explained Watts who’s old Peugeot was found ‘resting’ in a private collection in Australia. “The nineties were an iconic era, probably never to be repeated. The cars were great bits of kit and the racing was so competitive. I’m now really excited to be getting back into the car and putting on a show.”

The race will feature touring cars from 1970-2000, covering British, European and World Touring Car Championships and Group 2, Group A and Super Touring regulations.

The Super Touring Trophy is not the only place for former Touring Car drivers to return to their race suits, however, as former BMW-works driver Steve Soper will make his motorsport return in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car showdown, while Andy Priaulx will lead the modern charge of Touring Car drivers at the event, driving a BMW 1800 in the Sir John Whitmore Trophy for Under 2-Litre Touring Cars.