Stars and star-cars head to Silverstone for Masters Historic Formula One Support Races at the British Grand Prix!

Former Formula 1 racer Tommy Byrne will headline the pair of Masters Historic Formula 1 races at this year’s Formula 1® 2018 Rolex British Grand Prix.

Byrne, now 60, will race James Hagan’s Ensign MN177 and it will mark a return to racing a Formula 1 car for the first time since 1982 when Byrne qualified for two Grands Prix for Theodore. The enigmatic Irishman, whose life was celebrated in the book Crashed & Byrned, will race the 1977 chassis in the brace of races that will support the contemporary F1 machinery.

I am really excited,” said Byrne. “Silverstone has so many happy memories for me from my Formula Ford 1600 days, slipstreaming with Roberto Moreno, Rick Morris and Jim Walsh to winning my best race in Formula 3 against Enrique Mansilla and Dave Scott. It is also where I tested a McLaren.

One race will run on Saturday morning and the second on Sunday, with Byrne squaring up against F1 aerodynamicist Adrian Newey aboard his Lotus 49 and Masters supremo Ron Maydon at the wheel of the ex-David Purley Lec CRP1.

Former FIA Masters champion Nick Padmore lines up in Max Smith-Hilliard’s Williams FW07C against the similar car of Mike Cantillon, while egg magnate Simon Fish will be behind the wheel of his familiar Ensign N180 in its Unipart livery. Matthew Wrigley makes his historic formula one debut as he drives the family’s March 721 up against his father Mike who will be Williams FW07-mounted. Henry Fletcher will also be one to watch in his newly acquired March 761, while more variety comes from the Fittipaldi F5A of Max Smith-Hilliard, the ex-Jacques Laffite Ligier JS11 of Matteo Ferrer-aza and Doug Mockett’s Penske PC4.

Ex-McLaren mechanic Warren Briggs is McLaren M29-mounted against the Hill GRH1 of American Brad Hoyt and the ex-Jackie Stewart/Francois Cevert Tyrell 011 of marque enthusiast John Delane.

The two Ragno-liveried Arrows A4s of David Abbott and Steve Hartley should be competitive as will the Brabham BT37 of Jonathan Kennard who impressed at last year’s Silverstone Classic. The ex-Graham Hill/Carlos Reutemann chassis will be after the scalps of the newer machinery.

With 30 cars entered across a huge range of constructors, we are looking forward to showcasing the history, sight and sound of Formula 1,” says Ron Maydon, Masters Founder. “To have such variety on the grid is exceptional and we are very proud to have been asked to provide support races to the British Grand Prix. These cars always provide spectacular action and with the inclusion of Tommy Byrne there is sure to be a huge amount of interest in these two races that will be the perfect compliment to the British Grand Prix.

The Masters Historic Formula One cars will practice on Thursday July 5th at 15:30 and qualify on Friday July 6th at 13:00. Race one will be on Saturday July 7th at 09:40 with race two on Sunday July 8th at 10:45.