9 May 2011

Touring Greats off with a bang

The HRDC Touring Greats and Grand Touring Greats Series delivered in sensational style at Brands Hatch on Saturday 9 April. Two packed grids – for pre-1960s Touring Cars and pre-1966, sub-1500cc GT Cars – offered thrilling 30-minute races on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

Touring Greats presented a 30-car race grid made up of 23 models from 15 different marques. As the grid hurtled down Paddock Bend, more than one spectator was overhead to say "this beats the British Touring Car Championship hands down!"

Grand Touring Greats produced an equally diverse grid of pocket rocket GTs, augmented by a class of sub-1000cc Touring Cars. The race-long battle between Rae Davis (in his unique, lightweight Sprite) and Shaun Rainford (in his recreation of John Brittan's SS1800 Lenham GT) was resolved in favour of Rainford, who dedicated his win to his old friend John Brittan – a fitting gesture to the past owner of Brands Hatch.

HRDC's Racing Director, Julius Thurgood, commented: "This is exactly how historic racing should be – a celebration of racing history carried out with style and camaraderie."

The HRDC moves on to Mallory Park on 30 May for the Motors TV race event, which will be broadcast live to 39 countries in six languages.

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