24 Hours Around Silverstone – In 2005
James Tucker and his European Endurance Racing Club have big plans for next year – on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August.

“We’re working on a 24 hour race, on the Grand Prix track at Silverstone. The race will see the return of the Willhire name to a 24 hour event,” explains Tucker.

“Meetings have been held between the EERC and Gary Dearne and Andrew Waller at Silverstone. Local residents have no objections: I’ve been working on this for seven years, and it will happen next year.

“We’ll be encouraging foreign teams to enter, and we’re anticipating a grid of 70-75 cars. Our Britcar teams will be part of the race, but it will also be open to GT3 cars and the runners who race in the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

“Belcar will be supporting the event with their own race, and we’ll have Group C sportscars too, plus our own Britsports. The meeting will run from Saturday to Monday, with the Willhire starting on Sunday evening, and obviously finishing on Monday evening.”

The ambitious Tucker has already run his Britcars on the GP track at Brands Hatch this year, and he sees no problem with the prices levied by the new circuit owners.

“It will take time for us to bring the crowds in, but we’re sure we can do it, and Jonathan Palmer is prepared to help us promote our meetings and get the crowds through the gate. I have no problem with his prices.”

In other EERC news, the meeting at Pembrey on May 8/9 will see 31 Britcars ready to go, in two, two-hour races, “and we’ve got 23 Britsports already,” says James Tucker, "so we’ve only got one space for Britcar and nine for Britsports. Anyone with a C2 Le Mans car, a Radical, a Chevron or anything similar is welcome to join us.”

The Britsports cars have two 45 minute races on Saturday and two on Sunday, with a short refuelling gap between each pair.

And finally, “Britcar will be the first series to use the Southern Circuit at Silverstone, for our meeting on October 9. On the same day, there will be meetings going on on the National and Stowe Circuits.”

For more details of any of these events, contact the man himself: james.tucker@eerc.co.uk

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