Coming off the back of a Brands Hatch sell out, Equipe GTS celebrated another record grid this weekend when fifty-eight cars lined up to race at Silverstone’s MG Live event, putting on an spectacular display of clean but close racing, all highly competitive with the top three competitors all qualifying within half a second.
Equipe GTS is a series for smaller engined pre 66 FIA cars running to Appendix K regulations. The grids encompass MG, Triumph, TVR, Healey, Lotus, Morgan and others providing great racing with affordable race entry fees.
Last weekend was the third round of the Equipe GTS series, which came under new management in 2014 and has been going from strength to strength. A maximum thirty-four cars lined up at Brands Hatch on 30 April for the second race of the season and last weekend the series enjoyed its highest grid number ever as fifty-eight cars packed onto the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit for the double-header race weekend at MG Live.
Equipe GTS club competitors range from 18 years to 80 years old.All of which compete either solo in the two 30 minute races, or with co-drivers in the longer 40 minute races which have a mandatory pit stop. Entry fees are kept as low as possible to ensure the club concentrates on providing value for money and a good social atmosphere for drivers outside of the racing.
Equipe GTS is an independent series run by John Pearson and Rob Cull – who both race in the series. When asked about the success of the series John Pearson commented “This is a series for Drivers run by Drivers, we have been working hard on putting the club camaraderie back and building a good paddock atmosphere with the racing being just one part of the weekend.”
“There is no such thing as cheap racing but the Equipe GTS cars are an era where the classics are still affordable and really fun to drive and we have seen lots of new drivers this year including many ‘Dads & Lads’ for the pit stop races. The racing is close, clean and hugely enjoyable.”
John also mentioned about their success “We give back to club competitors as much as they put in, so where possible we keep entry fees low, provide free jackets and paddock hospitality. The fact the grids are so packed is encouraging and it has worked out better than we could ever have imagined.”
Equipe GTS goes on to Mallory Park next on the 3 July, for a single 40 min race and then to Snetterton on the 23 July.
Source. Equipe GTS