Silverstone set for action-packed weekend

The HSCC and Blancpain Endurance Series will feature at Silverstone over the next two weeks. This Audi won at Brands Hatch last weekend, and is set to star at Silverstone
The HSCC and Blancpain Endurance Series will feature at Silverstone over the next two weeks. This Audi won at Brands Hatch last weekend, and is set to star at Silverstone

The Silverstone-based Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) host their International Trophy race meeting at their home circuit this weekend, with 14 races scheduled for a two-day event that hands competitors the opportunity to race on the full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.

The HSCC are Britain’s premier historic race organiser, and this weekend’s Silverstone event is the first of four visits the club will make to the local track this season.

Further meetings include the HSCC’s Championship Finals event in October, the season-ending Walter Hayes Trophy in November and the 25th Anniversary Silverstone Classic in July.

Track action this weekend will feature historic saloons, sportscars and single-seaters, with Saturday’s headline races being for the Guards Trophy and Historic Formula Ford.Sunday’s schedule is topped by the Jaguar Heritage Challenge, Historic Formula Junior and Historic Touring Cars.

The HSCC has attracted a large entry, with many of the grids being near capacity. Track action starts from 9am on each day, with racing from 1.55pm on Saturday and 11.15am on Sunday. Admission costs £10 per adult, with children aged 15 and under admitted free of charge.

The Blancpain Endurance Series will visit Silverstone next weekend for its only appearance in Britain this season. A huge number of GT3 cars will descend on Silverstone for a 3-Hour race on the Grand Prix Circuit.

The race was won in 2014 by the Bentley Continental GT3 of Guy Smith, Steven Kane and Andy Meyrick, and the trio will be back in action again this year in the leading Bentley entry.

Fifty-eight cars took the start of the opening race of the season at Monza in Italy last month, with victory going to the Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 458 Italia of Rinat Salikhov and Norbert Siedler.

The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, winners of the Blancpain Sprint Series race at Brands Hatch last week, finished second at Monza and will be one of the favourites for Silverstone victory.

Their Audi R8 LMS Ultra will be driven by JK Vernay, Robin Frijns and Laurens Vanthoor.

The meeting will also see the British track debut of the new Lamborghini Huracan run by the Grasser Racing team. The car won in Monza, but was later excluded from the results due to a technical issue, and will be raced at Silverstone by Andrew Palmer, Jeroen Mul and GT favourite, Fabio Babini.