The sun shone on some great racing at Donington Park, a few of the 70s competitors had a challenging day but with a 27 car grid the early signs are that we are in for a fabulous season: Download full results
The 2019 racing season for the Historic Sports Car Club will get off to a flying start at Donington Park on Saturday (March 30) with a fine entry of 215 cars for an eight-race programme.
The one-day meeting at the superb East Midlands track heralds the start of the racing year. The 70s Road Sports counter features a 30 car grid. Reigning champion Jeremy Clark returns with his Lotus Elan to take on the challenge of former champion Charles Barter (Datsun 240Z), John Williams (Porsche 911SC), John Dickson (Ferrari 308GTB) and father and son Mark and Will Leverett (Lotus Elan and Europa).
There will be plenty of action and variety further down the grid with the Alfa Romeo GTV’s of Jon Wagstaff, Dave Erwin and Simon Holmesmith, taking on the Porsche 924 of Will Morton the Triumph GT6 of Martin Dyson, Sarah Hutchinson’s Lancia Beta and Neil Brown’s Lotus Eclat.
Qualifying for 70s begins at 10.00 for 15 minutes and the 20 minute race starts at 14.25
On Saturday & Sunday July 13/14 the life of Tom Maldwyn Pryce, one of the quickest F1 drivers of the 1970s will be celebrated at the Anglesey circuit in North Wales this summer when the Historic Sports Car Club’s first race meeting at the spectacular track is dedicated to the talented Welsh Formula 1 racer.
The Tom Pryce Memorial Race Meeting will honour the memory of a hugely popular driver who had a meteoric rise to fame and a flourishing Grand Prix career that was tragically curtailed by an accident in the 1977 South African Grand Prix.
As well as honouring the memory of this unassuming young racer from North Wales, the weekend will support the memorial fund being established to provide a permanent memorial to Tom in his home town of Denbigh.
Other races on the schedule for a busy weekend at the Anglesey track include 70s Road Sports, Historic Road Sports, Historic Touring Cars, Historic Formula 3/Classic Racing Cars, Historic Formula Junior and Historic Formula Ford 2000.
Andy Dee-Crowne, CEO of the HSCC, said: “We are delighted to be taking a full weekend of HSCC racing to the superb circuit at Anglesey for the first time. It is wholly appropriate to honour the life of Tom Pryce, a quiet hero from North Wales who was destined for the very top of the sport. Having the inaugural Formula Atlantic races along with Historic Formula Ford on the programme provides a perfect link to Tom’s formative years.”
As a Championship we have a robust, well thought out set of regulations to allow road driven sports and GT cars of the 70s era to compete at the best circuits in the UK.
All cars registered for the 70s Road Sports Championship must have a current HSCC Vehicle Identification Form (VIF). No competitor can claim Championship points unless their VIF has been approved by the Registrar.
Cars from the same era which do not have a current VIF may be accepted at the invitation of the HSCC subject to the completion of a Vehicle Detail Form (VDF). The Invitation class is solely to encourage competitors to join the 70s Championship and should not be used as a means to bypass the Regulations to enter a car that has been modified beyond the championship regulations to gain a performance advantage.
The organisers reserve the right to exclude any car they feel does not comply with the intent of the Championship Regulations.
Should the entry list for any event be oversubscribed cars registered for the Championship will take priority over any Invitation entries.
The 2019 70s Road Sports Championship Technical Regulations will include penalties that will apply for non-compliance, these will apply at all times.
Penalites for non-compliance are as follows : Non-compliance at scrutineering & before qualifying: An opportunity to comply without penalty; Non-compliance after qualifying: An opportunity to comply but will start from the back of the grid; Non-compliance: Any car that doesn’t meet the regulations will be placed in the Invitation Class and start from the back of the grid; Non-compliance at post race scrutineering: Any car that doesn’t meet the regulations identified after the race will be excluded from the results.
The Austin Healey & MG Cup will be a sub-class within the small-engined Class E category of the overall championship. Cup competitors will also be eligible for Class E of the 70s Road Sports Championship and for the overall 70s Road Sports Championship.
Both 1275cc and 1493cc cars are eligible.No Cup rounds will require higher than a National B status licence. In the event of any 70s Road Sports Championship rounds requiring higher than this, they will not count towards the Cup. However, this does not stop Cup competitors entering any higher status events if they have the correct licence.
The HSCC is very grateful to Ted O’Day for drafting the Regulations and Peter May Engineering for its support of this initiative.