Historic Superprix Weekend Tickets To Be Won – But Hurry
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.

dailysportscar.comPalmer 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has very fond memories of the 956, and reckons that the car looked and drove better than the equally iconic 962 which superseded it.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 neck!

"It will 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."

dailysportscar.comAnd 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?

Was it

A – Jonathan Palmer

B – Tom Kristensen

C – Charlie Agg

Send your answer to graham@dailysportscar.net 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.



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