A unique one-day Masters race meeting has been added to the organisation’s 2009 schedule on August 23 at Donington Park, which will be used to experiment with several new concepts.
As well as regular Masters races for Top Hat Saloons and Gentlemen Drivers, the Sunday meeting will include an Interserie Revival race as well as a pilot race for a new Lola Heritage Series.
“It is a chance for our racers to say farewell to the existing Donington layout and it’s an experimental one-day race meeting for cars of this type,” said Christopher Tate of the Masters Racing Organisation. “We’ve never done a one-day Masters meeting before, but we’ve taken a date that became available and it is very much an experiment.”
The Donington circuit is due to close in September for redevelopment ahead of the 2010 British Grand Prix, so for many historic racers this new event represents a final chance to race on the original circuit, which has been in use for 32 years.
The Interserie Revival race is a ‘toe in the water’ exercise. “The idea is to have a look at what went on in Europe for these cars in the 1970s, with Can-Am type cars as well as 2-litre and 3-litre prototypes,” said Tate. “But it’s far too early to say if it will lead to anything more.”
The Lola Heritage race, aimed at T70s, T210s and T212s, will run within the 40-minute World Sportscar Masters race as a lead in to more events in 2010.