WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2018

New events and old favourites for Masters Historic Racing's 2019 European Tour!

Masters Historic Racing has confirmed its 2019 calendar of European events with some new race weekends joining old favourites on an exciting calendar. Masters will focus on five core categories in a busy 2019 season, with two of them being FIA-sanctioned historic championships.

With the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship joined by the ground-breaking Masters Endurance Legends series, plus the Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT series and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars series, there is something for everyone in 2019.

The Masters Historic Racing season will kick off with an early new event at Paul Ricard on March 29-31 as part of the Le Castellet Motors Cup. Working with HVM Racing, Masters will run the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship season-openers, along with the Masters Endurance Legends, Gentlemen Drivers and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars races to shake away the winter cobwebs on the full 5.8 kilometre F1 circuit in the sunshine of the South of France.

The Masters Endurance Legends field will next head to the 4 Hours of Monza on May 10-12 where the cars will feature on the support race bill for the European Le Mans Series at a circuit, like Paul Ricard, where they can exploit their power and aerodynamics against their modern equivalents.

The ever-popular Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch takes the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship teams to the former home of the British Grand Prix on May 25/26 where they will be joined by the Gentlemen Drivers and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars, plus HSCC’s Historic Formula 2 field and the varied Dutch Youngtimer grid.

A new event will come two weeks later when Masters Historic Racing makes a welcome return to Donington Park on June 8/9 for its next Historic Festival. Headlined by a non-championship race for the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car drivers, the event will also feature a three-hour race for cars eligible for the Spa Six Hours as well as races for the Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars. The event will be joined by some grids from HSCC and the Dutch GT&TC for cars from 1966-1981 to give it a relaxed UK festival feel!

At the end of June, 28-30, Masters Historic Racing heads to Magny-Cours for the French Historic Grand Prix where all five core championships meet up again: FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship will headline the event, joined by Masters Endurance Legends, Gentlemen Drivers and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars for an all-action weekend in the sunshine at the former home of the French Grand Prix.

The Masters Historic Formula One drivers are in action next at Silverstone on July 12-14 as a non-championship support race to the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix, which proved to be a huge success in 2018. With the cars offering the perfect accompaniment to a modern-day F1 grid, it is no wonder that Masters has been asked back and is looking to produce an even bigger grid for 2019.

The Silverstone Classic will be the home for Masters Historic Racing two weeks later on July 26-28 when the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship kick-starts its points-scoring trail, joined by the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, plus the Masters Endurance Legends, Gentlemen Drivers and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars for one of the busiest weekends of historic motor racing around.

The next stop is another Grand Prix venue: the Nürburgring on August 9-11 for the traditional AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. Here, the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship will be in action joined by the Gentlemen Drivers and Masters Endurance Legends series.

Another old favourite, the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix on September 6-8 will feature the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship, plus Gentlemen Drivers and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars for a busy weekend at the popular Dutch seaside circuit.

At the end of September, the Masters Historic Racing 2019 season will be played out at the Spa Six Hours, which moves to the new later date of September 27-29. All five core Masters grids reach their conclusion in the Ardennes, meaning that FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship will crown their champions, with Masters Endurance Legends, Gentlemen Drivers and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars all reaching their series conclusions.

Ron Maydon, Founder and President of Masters Historic Racing said: “I am really excited about our fantastic calendar for 2019. To be going to new events like Paul Ricard to begin our season is thrilling and we can’t wait to venture back to Donington in June! To retain our existing relationships with circuits and promoters alike gives our competitors such a strong season of racing. It is great to be asked back to the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix which was a real hit with the fans and drivers alike in 2018 and with excellent and iconic circuits on our calendar, as well as the most evocative cars in historic motor racing, we cannot wait to get 2019 under way.”

The Masters US Calendar will be announced shortly.


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