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New historic F1 series to debut at Brands Hatch this May

Wednesday, January 18 2012

A new series for classic Formula 1 cars will make its debut at Brands Hatch this May (26/27) as part of the Masters Historic Festival. The two day event is a celebration of the greatest cars of the post-war era and the new series will be the centrepiece of the weekend.

The 'Return to Power' series commemorates a golden era in F1, when engines doubled in size from 1.5 to 3 litres and covers the period of 1966 to 1971, when the cars went from cigar-shaped missiles to be-winged leviathans. The six-season period delivered three World Championships for Britain, courtesy of Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart and UK-based marques Brabham, Lotus, Tyrrell, Cooper and McLaren claimed the lion's share of the victories.

Previously, historic F1 racing has been dominated by the more aerodynamically-efficient cars of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and enthusiasts of the older machines have struggled to be competitive. Joe Twyman, who has set up the series with Andrew Smith, Roger Wills and Masters Racing is expecting a bumper entry. "We are aiming for 20 cars, maybe more", he said. The event will be two weeks after (the Historic Grand Prix at) Monaco meaning that many cars will be race-ready and in Europe already."

"We want to provide a platform for these cars to race competitively on their own," continued Twyman. "Apart from Monaco every two years, there is no other race for this era of car and we want to change that."

The two races over the Masters Festival weekend at Brands Hatch will be titled the "Historic Race of Champions", recalling the classic non-championship encounters at the Kent circuit that ran from the '60s to the early '80s. The series has also attracted a title sponsor from race preparation company Hall & Hall, which will help attract cars to the races. In keeping with historic traditions, there are already plans to award 100 bottles of champagne to the driver claiming pole position in qualifying.

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 26/27 May are available in advance from £17 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.