Greatest race

Silverstone Classic f2 racing

Living up to its reputation as the world’s largest historic motor racing festival, this summer’s Silverstone Classic welcomes what it describes as ‘the greatest Formula 2 grid of all time’.

Added to this year’s packed-programme for the first time as part of a never-seen-before retro Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 single-seater showcase, 55 entries have been received for what will be record-breaking, sold-out races on both Saturday and Sunday.

With a maximum of 54 starters permitted on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, late entries are now being placed on a growing reserve list.

Since being confirmed on the Silverstone Classic bill for 2019, support for the Historic Sports Car Club-run championship has been running at unprecedented levels and the full capacity entry will far surpass any previous grid for a field of Formula 2 (see picture) and Formula Atlantic single-seaters from the late 1960s and 1970s.

The entry includes drivers from the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, US, The Netherlands and Australia. Many cars with significant histories will be in action, too, including the ex-Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 69, ex-Eddie Cheever and Clay Regazzoni Ralt RT1s, the ex-Wheatcroft Racing Chevron B29, the ex-Derek Bell Brabham BT30 and the ex-Giacomo Agostini Chevron B42.

The Classic is also expecting a record-breaking grid of Minis to mark the original pocket-rocket’s 60th birthday plus huge numbers of racing Bentleys and Capris to mark their respective centenary and golden anniversaries. A Twilight Tribute to Le Mans has also been announced with three packed sportscar grids racing into the sunset on Saturday evening.

All those wishing to attend this summer’s Silverstone Classic (July 26, 27, 28) must buy their tickets in advance, with adult admission starting at £45.

All tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts which this summer mark the 50thanniversary of Woodstock on both Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows, Drive Live test drives, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer.

A wide range of child, young adult and family tickets are also available, with camping and hospitality options. Full details of all 2019 ticket prices are on the website.

April 25, 2019