Historic Superprix Weekend Tickets To Be Won – But
It’s another crowded weekend of action ahead for British Motorsport,
with the F3/GT circus visiting Oulton Park and the Historic Superprix
bringing the glorious sights and sounds of racing from days of yore
to the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch.
The Orwell Supersports
series and Group C Revival Series are amongst the delights on offer
at Brands hatch, together with F1, F5000 and Saloon action.
MotorSport Vision's managing
director, Jonathan Palmer will no doubt be relishing the opportunity
to be reunited with the Porsche 956 in which he romped to victory
in the 1984 Brands Hatch 1000km race.
won the race, a round of the World Endurance Championship, on July
29, 1984, by three clear laps, in what was at the time the fastest
international sportscar race ever run at Brands.
He will complete several
demonstration laps in the car during the Superprix. The Porsche,
which features the famous Canon livery, was run for Palmer and Jan
Lammers by Richard Lloyd's GTI Engineering team.
"The 956 played
a big part in my racing career," said Palmer, who in '84 was
also embarking on his first season of Grand Prix racing. "The
first time I raced a 956 was in 1983, and I haven't driven one since
I stepped out of the last I drove in 1990, so I had a good eight
years in them.
“The Brands Hatch
1000km win was probably our biggest success. It was particularly
satisfying because not only was it our first win, it was so emphatic.
We had worked hard to make the car quick, Jan and I were driving
better than ever, and the team did a faultless job on the pitstops.
The competition included Bellof, Mass and Boutsen in Porsches, and
Baldi and Wollek in Lancias, so it was very satisfying. After a
miserable time at Brands the weekend before, driving the RAM in
the British Grand Prix, this was a wonderful boost!”
Palmer set the pole position
time (just 1/10th of a second slower than his previous week's RAM
time!) on the Saturday, before driving three stints on his way to
taking the chequered flag. Along with team-mate Lammers, the pair
racked up 238 laps of the Grand Prix circuit.
Jonathan Palmer has very
fond memories of the 956, and reckons that the car looked and drove
better than the equally iconic 962 which superseded it. "Pushing
the wheels forward might have been safer, but the 956 was better
balanced," he remembers. "Everything was pretty heavy
on the car; steering and brakes particularly. It was lovely to drive
at 8/10ths but to really get the time out of the 956 you had to
take it by the scruff of the neck, hurl it around and wring its
be very interesting and rather poignant to climb back into the cockpit
that I probably spent more hours sitting in than any other race
car, and one in which I experienced my greatest successes and biggest
accidents. I haven't driven a 956 for 14 years, so I'm really looking
forward to driving the No 14 car."
it’s thanks to the MSV boss that we’re able to offer
two pairs of weekend tickets for the Historic Superprix to dsc readers
– but you’ll have to be quick
To go into the hat to
win a pair of tickets, just answer this question:
Who won the Group C race
which supported this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours?
Send your answer
by this evening (July 14) and we’ll contact the lucky winners
to let them know the tickets are on the way. If you add your postal
address it will help get them to you on time.