Thursday 4 June 2015
A fine field of Formula 2 cars from the 1970s will return to Monza, the legendary home of the Italian Grand Prix, for rounds three and four of the HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series (19-21 June).
The Historic Sports Car Club has already taken 24 entries for the pair of races at Monza, a venue which faces an uncertain future as a Grand Prix venue beyond 2015. However, the chance to race at the 93-year-old venue is a major draw for racers. Monza has hosted a round of the Formula One World Championship virtually every year since the championship was created in 1950.
The battle at the head of the Historic Formula 2 races will be fierce as drivers like Richard Evans (March 742), Matthew Watts (March 772P), Darwin Smith (March 722), Mark Dwyer (March 742), Mark Piercy (Lola T360), Hans Peter (Ralt RT1), Phil Hall (March 752) and Steve Allen (March 782) contest the class for 2-litre F2 cars.
In the class for earlier 1600cc cars, leading contenders will be reigning champion Robert Simac in his ex-Jean-Pierre Jaussaud March 712, Paul Bason (March 712), Roger Bevan (ex-Fittipaldi Lotus 69) and 1970s F2 racer James King (March 712). Daryl Taylor (March 78B) heads the class for Formula Atlantic cars.
Regular Australian visitor Martin Bullock (Chevron B17C) is joined by two more Australians; Tim Kuchel (Brabham BT18) and Wayne Wilson (Brabham BT21C). Carrying local honour is Italian racer Francesco Turatello (Surtees TS15).
This season Moto Berazzi Ltd, a new name in the manufacture of wheels for historic racing cars, is supporting the HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA International Series. Somerset-based Moto Berazzi will specialise in making three-piece rims for single-seaters and sports-racing cars from the late 1960s and 1970s. The rims will be ideal for cars from manufacturers like Chevron, Lola, March and Lotus.
After the trip to Monza, the F2 series returns to the UK for rounds five and six at the HSCC Brands Hatch Historic Super Prix (11/12 July). The remaining races of 2015 will be at Zandvoort (Holland) and Dijon (France).