New Regulations and Entry forms have this week been released for the new format Historic Touring Car Challenge. Motor Racing Legends made some significant changes to this popular series in separate announcements made earlier this year, by extending eligibility and introducing the Tony Dron Trophy.
New for 2016 the Historic Touring Car Challenge entry regulations have been extended beyond 1985 to include Group A cars right up to December 1990 – this extended era will cover all normally-aspirated cars, and turbo-charged cars up to 1600cc.
The new entry criteria is likely to add to the variety of front running cars of this historic grid with cars such as Ford Capri, Jaguar XJS and Rover Vitesse now being joined at the front of the grid by newcomers such as BMW M3, Toyota Corolla and Astra GTE.
To ensure healthy competition all the way down this expanding grid Motor Racing Legends recently launched a brand new series for Group 1 Historic Touring Cars. Named the ‘Tony Dron Trophy’ the new race series will run within Motor Racing Legends’ Historic Touring Car Challenge grid, with its own podium and results for each race. Named in honour of the ‘70s Touring Car ace and Le Mans sports car driver Tony Dron – the new series is for Touring Cars running to FIA Group 1 regulations or to British Saloon Car Championship Group 1 ‘Plus’ regulations between 1970 and 1982.
Motor Racing Legends Chairman Duncan Wiltshire commented “The changes are proving very popular with drivers. We have had a lot of interest in both the new series and questions about eligibility about the extended entry criteria. Hopefully we have covered off all queries in this new set of regulations and I am looking forward to seeing how the new grid shapes up.”
The Historic Touring Car Challenge season opens at the prestigious Donington Historic Festival (April 30-May 2) before making its debut stand-alone appearance at Silverstone Classic (July 29-31) followed by a visit to Spa during the Six Hour Endurance weekend (Sept 16 -18). Rounding off the year with a weekend in Portimao for the Algarve Classic Festival. (Oct 28-30)
Provisional Motor Racing Legends Calendar for: Historic Touring Car Challenge, (HTCC)
- Donington Historic Festival (April 30 – May 2)
- Silverstone Classic (July 29, 30, 31)
- Spa Six Hours (September 16, 17, 18)
- Portimao – Algarve Classic Festival (October 28, 29, 30)
Source. Newspress/Motor Racing Legends/Photo. Eric Sawyer