Masters Historic Racing race calendar 2016
Masters Historic Racing has revealed its calendar for the 2016 season, which will feature eight European events with two new venues included in the schedule.
The season will begin at Zolder (April 9/10), with the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship headlining a new Masters Festival co-promoted with the circuit and featuring the local Belcar series. The annual Brands Hatch Masters Historic Festival will be next, taking its traditional late May slot (May 28/29), before Donington Park plays host to its own Masters Festival on July 2/3. Both these UK events will feature three-hour races for Pre-66 cars, as well as the Championship rounds for the four Masters Championships.
The Masters main grids then take the centre stage at existing, historic weekends, starting at the ever-popular Silverstone Classic, which moves to a week later next year on July 29-31. Three Masters categories will feature two weeks later at the annual Oldtimer Grand Prix (August 12-14), on the Nurburgring GP circuit. Masters will provide F1, Sports Car, GT and Pre-66 Touring Car grids at the Zandvoort Historic GP, an event which attracts a huge crowd, in Holland on September 2-4, before moving to Spa two weeks later as part of the Six Hours event (September 16-18) with races for F1 and Sports Cars, Gentlemen Drivers, Pre-66 Touring Cars and 70s Celebration.
The Masters European season closes at the new Espiritu de Jarama event, outside Madrid, on October 14-16, headlined by final rounds for theFIA Masters Historic Championships.
An exciting addition to the Masters calendar is a presence at two USA events in Florida. Endurance races for Masters Pre-66 cars will feature at the HSR-run events at Daytona International Speedway (10-13 November) and then on to Sebring for the Historic event there on 1-4 December, offering competitors some late-season sunshine at two iconic venues. More details on those events will be released shortly along with some exciting innovations for Masters European season.
Rachel Bailey said: “We are very excited about our 2016 calendar. Circuits like Zolder and Jarama are new to our schedule but a perfect fit for our range of cars. Coupled with visits to some of the best existing historic European events and two new Stateside races for our Pre-66 cars into the autumn months, we think we have something to offer all our competitors for the 2016 season.”