Equipe GTS is already a successful classic race series open to pre-66 (period E & F) cars with engines up to 2700cc. The series has been going from strength to strength and is launching the new race inspired by the 60’s Sebring races in the US where a mix of GT/GTS and Touring cars offered some spectacular close racing.
The 3 Hour event will be held on Saturday 30 September 2017 at the AMOC Racing event on the Silverstone National circuit. Entry criteria for the Classic Relay has been extended to include cars pre ‘66 GT & GTS up to 3 litres and Touring /Saloon cars up to 2 litres. All cars must be running to FIA appendix K and on Dunlop historic tyres.
Equipe GTS will be at the forthcoming Historic Motorsport International event at ExCel London (23-26 February) where race organiser John Pearson will be up on stage of the HMI Conference theatre talking about the new event.
To enter, competitors will need a team of two to four cars, with only one car allowed on track at any time. Team strategy and car or driver changes will play a big part in the results. A handicap system will ensure an exciting and close finish for all classes.
Equipe GTS Partner John Pearson commented: “There is a gap in the market for a longer distance team event for smaller engine cars. The Equipe Classic Relay will combine closely matched smaller engined FiA cars in multiple car teams ensuring that no driver or car has to do the entire race”
Long distance team and relay events are well established and known for strong camaraderie which embodies the spirit of the Equipe GTS series. Equipe GTS Partner Rob Cull enthused “It will give the opportunity to be part of a team race without the stress put on one car with multiple drivers, such as Le Mans or the Spa Six Hour.”
Duncan Wiltshire race director for the AMOC Racing commented “We are really excited about this race, it is a fantastic innovation and are delighted to be hosting it on our Silverstone AMOC race event.”
Competitors attending the Historic Motorsport International show at London ExCel (23-26 February) are invited to visit the Equipe GTS stand and pick up some more information about the event.
About Equipe GTS:
Equipe GTS is designed for pre 1966 sports cars with engines spread across five classes from under 1150cc to 2700cc. Running to Appendix K rules (FiA papers not demanded) the aim is to provide a competitive yet gentlemanly, safe and friendly race series with a high standard of driving and car preparation.
The list of eligible cars is compiled to give close competitive racing with a safe and fun environment for drivers.
Using the best UK circuits Equipe GTS run a series of one and two day races. Single day meetings have a 40 minute pit stop race for one or two drivers. Two day meetings have two 30 minute races.
Rob Cull Equipe GTS Partner says “We aim to recreate the atmosphere of the original clubman racing of the 60’s. Equipe GTS cars are of an era where the cars are still affordable and really fun to drive. We have seen lots of new drivers joining the series in recent years, including many ‘Dads & Lads’ for the pit stop races. The racing is close, clean and hugely enjoyable.”
About the Equipe Classic Relay Race:
The race is a 3-hour handicap race for multi car teams. Entry will include; 3 hours of race track time per team;45 minutes of qualifying; a Silverstone pit garage per team.
FiA Appendix K, Dunlop historic tyres (FiA papers not demanded).
- GT and GTS – Under 3000cc – MG, Lotus, Morgan, TVR, Triumph, Marcos, Elva, etc.
- Touring/Saloon – under 2000cc – Mini, Cortina, Alfa, A35, BMW, etc
Source. Equipe GTS