Historic Racing

Touring Car Legends Step Back In Time For Historic Superprix

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The Historic Superprix returns to Brands Hatch on the 13th and 14th of July, with former BTCC rivals donning their race suits once again in the highlight race of the weekend, the Super Touring Trophy.

The Super Touring Trophy signifies a new era of historic racing, reviving the golden days of the British Touring Car Championship, including the flame-spitting turbos of the 80s and the manufacturer-heavy 90s.

Three former drivers from the era have even been tempted back in to their old challengers, with Tim Harvey, John Cleland and Patrick Watts preparing to share the track once again. Harvey will step back in to his Ford Sierra RS500 from the 80s, while Cleland and Watts will drive cars from the 90s, Cleland in a Vauxhall Vectra and Watts in a Peugeot 406.

“I think everybody will say ‘we’re going to take it easy and these are historic cars, however when the flag drops all that will stop and we’ll be out there to do as well as we can,” said Watts, who regularly races in historic series. “There are some good drivers out there with existing cars and they’re used to driving them but nevertheless I will give it my everything, I think people will remember the noise they make, they sound very good.”

The Super Touring Trophy joins existing historic races at the Superprix, including another Touring Car race for cars from the 1960s, which will see American muscle cars such as Ford Galaxies, Mustangs and Falcons battle with the more nimble Lotus Cortinas, Minis and Hillman Imps.

Also taking to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit throughout the weekend will be the Derek Bell Trophy for Formula 2 & Formula 5000 machines, as well as races from historic Formula 3, Formula Ford and classic GTs such as Cobras, E-Types, Lotuses and MGs.

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