Equipe Classic Racing launches new Pre ’63 grid
Equipe GTS has earned a reputation as the premier clubman series for pre ’66 FiA GT cars under 2700 cc. Following a season with an average grid size of 46 cars and over 90 cars entered in the first Equipe 3 Hour Relay, the team behind Equipe Classic Racing are launching a new grid in 2018 for Pre ’63 GT and production racing cars on Dunlop Historic tyres
Equipe Pre ‘63 will cover FiA Period E and some early Period F cars. The provisional 2018 calendar has 8 races including Silverstone GP Circuit, Donington, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Zandvoort.
Running at all the Equipe GTS events in 2018, the new grid will follow the same 40 minute pit stop format for one or two drivers.
Eligible cars include Austin Healey 100, 3000 and Sprite. Jaguar E Type (Period E) and XK, MGA, Morgan, Lotus Elite and many others. Equipe Pre ‘63 will run to FiA appendix K specification, FiA Papers are welcome but not Mandatory.
By carefully selecting eligible cars, the original Equipe GTS series has delivered close and exciting racing with an emphasis on competitive yet high driving standards. Equipe Pre ‘63 will follow the same ethos and also follow the club and social feeling of the original brand.
John Pearson, Equipe Classic Racing Partner said: “This grid is a natural and complimentary extension to Equipe GTS, the Pre ’63 cars have a lot of available events but we think the car choice for this grid will produce some very close racing. The 50’s and the first part of the 60’s are the last period of production cars that could be driven to the race track and then to work on Monday. The later cars were more developed and cost far more to run today. Equipe Pre ’63 will focus on pure production racing cars to period specification, we feel this will give closer and more competitive racing with the ’63 cut off preventing some of the massively powerful cars of the mid 60’s”