Masters unveils 2012 plans

The 2012 Masters Historic Racing calendar will take in Europe’s three biggest historic festivals as well as a new event at Zandvoort and two Masters Festivals in the UK.

While several low-key dates have been trimmed from its UK programme, Masters classes will race at the Silverstone Classic, the Nürburgring Oldtimer and the Spa Classic Six-Hour events next summer as well as at the new Zandvoort Historic Festival on September 1/2.

The Dutch event will include races for Grand Prix Masters, World Sportscar Masters, Sports Racing Masters and Gentleman Drivers, along with Historic Formula 2 and the Historic Grand Prix Car Association.

For the second time, the Masters domestic season starts early on March 17 at Oulton Park and includes Snetterton on Easter Monday (April 9), but the traditional three-day Brands Hatch event over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend has been trimmed to two days on the GP circuit on May 26/27. The season will finish with a festival at Donington (October 13/14).

“This is an excellent calendar,” said Rachel Bailey of Masters. “We are committed to providing value for money for our drivers, and the cost per minute compares very favourably with other race organisers.”