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An Enticing Weekend in Store at Thruxton Historic


The Hampshire circuit will come alive this weekend for the fifth Thruxton Historic.  Two days of top-flight historic racing will grace this great venue for the weekend with a programme of eleven races to enjoy. 

The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy will kick of proceedings for Motor Racing Legends with a one-hour thriller. Ben Eastick and Touring Car ace Karl Jones will be aiming to convert the glorious Jaguar D-type’s recent second place at Donington Historic Festival into a Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy win. Malcolm Paul will be partnered by hot-shoe Will Nuthall in his Lotus X and the pairing will no doubt be on the tail of the shark finned Jaguar.  
Oliver Bryant’s potent Lotus XV will be out for the first time this season – hot property for a win – yet he’ll have stiff competition from Michael Birch and Gareth Burnett in their Lotus XV, raced in period by Graham Hill. Thruxton is Ben Adams’s local circuit, and he has previous form here taking the race win here in 2020 in his Lola Mk 1. And the trio of Lister Knobbly’s piloted by Peter Ratcliff, Tarek Mahmoud and Richard Hudson/Stuart Morley should be highly entertaining.

The monumental battle between the trio of the Nissan Skyline machines in the Historic Touring Car Challenge that we enjoyed at the Donington Historic Festival will be re-ignited at Thruxton Historic. Ric Wood (Calsonic Nissan Skyline GT-R), Johnathan Bailey and Andy Middlehurst (Kyoseki Nissan Skyline) and Simon Garrards black,  STP, Taisan liveried car are closely matched and will be throwing down the gauntlett to the Ford RS500 Sierra Cosworths like David Tomlin’s Batibouw Belgium car. 

Flying the flag for the Tony Dron Trophy Group 1 and ‘1½’ Touring Cars are Alex Thistlethwayte and James Slaughter both in Mk 3 Ford Capris and Nick Sleep in the raucous 1980 3.5 litre Rover. 

Looking to Sunday, the Jaguar Classic Challenge joins the prestigious Pre ’63 GT grid for a 60-minute show-down. Race favourite for the Jaguar Classic Challenge is Rhea Sauter from Germany, partnered with Andy Newall.   Matthew Wrigley and Rob Wainwrights silver coupe is a threat, so too Gary Pearson who was third in this race last year. 
The Banks brothers’ Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA is always on the pace in U2TC and could well lead the charge in Sunday’s U2TC and Sixties Touring Car Challenge race.  They are joined by a gaggle of Lotus Cortinas and Richard Dutton’s iconic Mk 1 Ford Escort  – any one of which could take the victory. This is real edge of the seat stuff so buckle up and enjoy!

There’s much more to enjoy than just the racing, the Battle of Britain Spitfire has been confirmed to fly by on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday lunch time.

There will be a huge Formula 2 and Formula 3 celebration with the Jochen Rindt Trophy, where former Formula One driver, Derek Warwick will be the guest of honour.

And the Land Rover Legends show completes the bill with Club displays, circuit parades and the National Land Rover Awards all taking place on the outer circuit with free access between both events.