RS500 To Be Celebrated At Silverstone Classic
The Silverstone Classic will include a new race for 2012, featuring the cream of touring car racers including the awesome Sierra RS500.
The historic racing festival, which takes place on 20-22 July, will for the first time showcase recent contenders from the British, German and European Touring Car Championship series.
The popularity of touring car racing has spiralled in recent decades and this year’s Silverstone Classic will feature two unique races – one on Saturday and one on Sunday – starring many of the famous cars that featured in the European, British and German touring car championships between 1975 and 1999.
On top of this, ’90s BTCC cars from the SuperTouring era including the Mazda V6-engined Ford Mondeo will also be represented.
A grid of more than 50 machines is expected, and the races will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the RS500 which was launched in August 1987. Several RS500s are already on the provisional entry list and more are expected to join in the build-up to the event.
More modern SuperTouring machinery, led by the successful Mondeo, will also feature at the Silverstone Classic.
Event organiser Nick Wigley said: “Though firmly established as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival we are always looking to provide both racers and fans with innovations and evolutions.
“The special touring car race will be the first of its kind, highlighting the huge success of tin-top competition in recent years. That 2012 marks the 25th birthday of the amazing Sierra RS500 just adds to what’s clearly going to be a very special occasion.”
Full details of the 2012 Silverstone Classic powered by the AA – including information on ‘Early Bird’ ticket offers and a comprehensive selection of on-site camping facilities – are available via the event’s official www.silverstoneclassic.com website.