Masters Historic Racing has announced a brand new racing series, catering for 1995-2001 Le Mans cars
Masters will be augmenting the growing historic racing scene with a Le Mans based series for sports and GT cars, that originally raced between 1995-2001. Proceedings will get underway in 2018 with a pilot race set to whet the appetite of drivers and fans in September, where racers will once again take to the famous endurance battle ground, Spa-Francorchamps, dicing it out for every inch of tarmac.
Sports cars eligible for the series herald from numerous disciplines: International Sports Racing Series, the FIA Sports Car Championship, European Le Mans Series, American Le Mans Series, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and Le Mans Endurance Series. SR1 and SR2 category cars also meet the criteria as do the infamous Le Mans Prototype LMP1 and LMP2 cars. Rounding off the variety of competitors will be IMSA sports car as well as GT1 & GT2 period racers.
‘I am delighted to work with Masters Historic Racing on this new initiative,’ said Nicolas. ‘These are superb cars which captured the hearts of the fans and the drivers and with them being recent cars, they are fresh in people’s minds. This is the ultimate historic racing category and one I believe that has enormous potential with so many cars built from major motor manufacturers and low-volume race car constructors. I wish I could find a car for myself!’
They’ll be a maximum of six races on the 2018 calendar all held in Europe. The racing will play out over the course of a weekend; consisting of two, thirty minute qualifying sessions followed by forty-five minutes of racing action. Mandatory pit stops and penalties for professional drivers will be invoked in order to level out the field and encourage exciting racing.
The inaugural Masters Le Mans race will take place at the Spa Six Hours on 15-17 September and news of early entries to the series will come as race weekend approaches.