Thursday 15 January 2015
Guards Trophy gets Silverstone Classic date
Contenders in the Historic Sports Car Club's Guards Trophy will get the chance to compete at this year's Silverstone Classic (24-26 July) when the championship joins the race line-up for the world's biggest historic motor racing festival.
The Guards Trophy GT and Sports Racing Championship is open to pre-1966 GT cars and pre-1969 sports-racing cars and is the best-supported championship in historic racing. In 2014, 167 drivers took part in the seven-round championship.
Now, the championship will enjoy the highest-profile race in its history when up to 58 cars take to the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit during the Silverstone Classic weekend. As usual for the Guards Trophy, the race will run for 40 minutes with a mandatory pit-stop and optional driver change.
Grahame White, CEO of the HSCC, said the Silverstone Classic race was great news for the Guards Trophy. "I'm delighted that we have been able to secure a slot at the Classic for the Guards Trophy," said White. "This is a just reward for all the drivers who have supported the championship so well over the years."
White says that filling the 58-car grid should not be a problem. "We regularly get 50 and 60-car entries for Guards Trophy races," said White. "So I think there will be a very big demand for places on the grid at the Classic."