Porsche racing history to be celebrated at Brands Hatch Festival
From 356s and 550s to the 919 Hybrid LMP1 car, the Festival of Porsche will celebrate the sportscar manufacturers' illustrious racing past
The 919 Hybrid that won the Le Mans 24 Hours three times will headline the Festival of Porsche at Brands Hatch, supported by the Classic Trophy race series.
Racing, demonstration laps and displays will feature on the circuit’s Indy layout, starring hits from throughout Porsche’s motorsport history. The September 2 event returns for the first time since 2014 in celebration of the marque’s 70th anniversary this year.
Following on from 956 and 962s at the Festival’s last running, a 919 LMP1 car will appear with the Porsche Classic Trophy leading the on track racing.
Open to all models built between 1953 and 1973, the Classic Trophy grid should attract 30 entries comprising of 356s, 911s, 550s and 904s with Group 5 and 6 cars also able to compete.
The Trophy will be supported by Porsche Cars CB which will field a 1965 911 Short-wheelbase throughout the year in conjunction with its four Classic Partner Centres.
Cars from 1984 to ‘08 will also run in the Porsche Club Championship, with regular cars including the Boxster and 996 iteration of the 911.
Chris Seaward, general manager at Porsche Club said: ‘With the amazing variety of cars that are eligible, the Porsche Classic Trophy should be a fantastic sight. Along with all of the other activities that will be taking place, this year’s Festival of Porsche will be an unforgettable celebration of the marque’s 70th anniversary.’
James Toye from Porsche Cars GB added: ‘Brands Hatch is superb circuit on which to race, and its tight, undulating layout should mean that the smaller cars have a great chance of doing well. Motorsport is a core part of Porsche’s history as well as its future, so it’s only fitting that this year’s Festival reflects that. I can’t wait to see the Porsche Classic Trophy grid forming up in September.’
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