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An hour of Group C nostalgia!

Posted in Brands Hatch, England by folkestonejack on July 3, 2011

I have been a fan of sportscar racing for many years, but had the misfortune to become enthralled by Group C racing just as it was on the way out. In fact, I only managed to get to one race before it was all over – at Silverstone in May 1992. Once the curtain fell on the category I had some catching up to do, managing to cover a fair amount of the twenty year history of Group C racing between 1982 and 1992 through videos and books.

Since 1992 I have been to a few sportscar races at my nearest circuit, Brands Hatch, but had never seen Group C cars in action there so when I read that the HSCC SuperPrix at Brands Hatch this weekend would include a Group C race I couldn’t resist. I wasn’t disappointed – the hour long race was pure bliss!

The Mercedes C11 approaches Druids Bend

I watched the start from Druids Bend then took a walk out to Clearways, up to Stirlings Bend, retraced my steps back to Hailwood Hill and then ended up in the infield at Druids – all the while taking photographs. It was really great to see the Mercedes C11 out along with a variety of Nissan and Spice machines – a big regret of mine has been that I never saw those beautiful Mercedes sportscars in action.

A thing of beauty...

Meyrick in the Spice SE89C ahead of one of the Nissan R90Cs at Surtees

The race-winning NIssan R90C of Yamauchi/Kubota

The race victory went to Yamauchi/Kubota in the Nissan R90C followed by Evans/Berridge with the Mercedes C11. Meyrick/Meyrick put in a spirited drive behind these two in the Spice SE89 and took the fastest lap of the grand prix circuit with a 1:17.948. Wonderful stuff.

The Mercedes C11 climbs Hailwood Hill

You can find out more about the Group C racing Series at including race reports, photos and future dates.


Gallery: Group C race at Brands Hatch Historic Super Prix 2011

Posted in Brands Hatch, England by folkestonejack on July 3, 2011