Mighty Masters Season for 2015
Masters Historic Racing will run a new four-hour into-the-dusk race on the GP Circuit at Donington Park in July 2015 as part of its exciting new calendar which promises a season of action-packed racing. Existing established events, such as the Brands Hatch Masters Historic Festival, Silverstone Classic and the Oldtimer at Nurburgring remain on the Masters schedule.
The 2015 season kicks off with a return to Snetterton on Sunday March 29th for a single raceday including the Pre-66 GT, Pre-66 Touring and 70s Celebration cars before the opening European event of the season, at the annual Espiritu de Montjuic revival at Barcelona (April 17-19). The FIA Masters Historic Formula One and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championships will headline the event, and will be joined by Pre-66 Touring Cars and the Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT championship. In addition, the three-day festival will showcase races for the HGPCA Grand Prix cars and Group C sports cars.
In May, Masters will run its annual and successful Brand Hatch Masters Festival (May 23/24) where the FIA Masters Historic Formula One and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championships will be joined on the iconic Grand Prix circuit by Gentlemen Drivers, Pre-66 Touring Cars as well as invitation grids from the Super Touring, Stirling Moss Trophy and Woodcote Trophy, while on May 25, Masters will run its annual Brands Hatch Indy circuit date.
A Monza debut beckons in June (19-21) as the FIA Masters Historic Formula One and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championships head to the re-launch of the Coppa Intereuropa at the fabled Italian circuit, an opportunity not to be missed by Masters racers as the Gentlemen Drivers and Touring Car grids will add to the atmosphere.
A new Donington date is announced for July 5/6 when Masters will run its own event featuring an endurance race replicating the successful Spa Six Hours and Nurburgring Marathon. Racing for four hours into the dusk, the race will be open to pre-66 GT and Touring Cars and feature the drama of pit stops and driver changes as well as the challenge of racing in reduced light. It will mark the return of a full Masters meeting to Donington for a number of seasons and the new race is sure to be a hit with drivers on a challenging circuit.
Once again, Masters will have a strong presence at the Silverstone Classic (July 24-26) where the FIA Masters Historic Formula One and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championships will be joined by Gentlemen Drivers and a new initiative: the Battle of Britain race is a Pre-66 GT and Touring Car race open only to British marques and should attract a varied field for the two 20-minute races.
August is a busy month as the main Masters grids return to the annual Oldtimer Grand Prix (August 7-9) and the ever-popular visit to the seaside for the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix (August 28-30).
The iconic Spa Six Hours event will play host to the penultimate European Masters event of the season, when the FIA Masters Historic Formula One and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championships are joined by the Gentlemen Drivers GT field again. For 2015, an innovation will change the shape of the touring car grids at Spa: one race will be run for later saloon cars from the 1970s and 1980s while the earlier Pre-66 touring cars will be joined by 1950s saloons as well to make two superb grids in the Ardennes for a brace of races.
The Masters European season concludes in the Burgundy region of France as Masters returns to Dijon for the new Motors Cup event, an opportunity for the FIA Masters Historic Formula One and FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Champions to be crowned along with the winners of the Pre-66 Touring Car and Gentlemen Drivers GT contests.
After its successful expansion into North America, Masters will again operate Masters HGP in 2015, which boasts five events. Opening its season at Road Atlanta for The Classic Motorsports Mitty (April 23-26) followed by the Barber Historics at the Park event at Barber Motorsports Park on May 15-17. Masters HGP will return to to Road America for the well-supported Hawk on July 16-19 before making its exciting debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 13-16. Its season will provisionally end at Sonoma Raceway on October 2-4 for the CSRG Charity Challenge.
2015 Racing Schedule
29th Snetterton, UK Masters Raceday
17th - 19th Barcelona, Spain Espritu de Montjuic
23rd - 26th Road Atlanta, USA The Classic Motorsports Mitty
15th - 17th Barber Motorsports Park, USA Barber Historics at the Park
23rd, 24th Brands Hatch GP, UK Masters Festival
25th Brands Hatch Indy, UK Masters Raceday
19th - 21st Monza, Italy Coppa Intereuropa
5th, 6th Donington GP, UK Masters Festival
16th - 19th Road America, USA The Hawk
24th - 26th Silverstone, UK Silverstone Classic
7th - 9th Nurburgring,Germany Oldtimer Grand Prix
13th - 16th Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, USA Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
28th - 30th Zandvoort, Holland Historic Grand Prix
18th - 20th Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Spa 6 Hours
2nd - 4th Sonoma Raceway, USA CSRG Charity Challenge
2nd - 4th Dijon-Prenois, France Dijon Motors Cup