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Over 300 cars set to contest this weekend's Gold Cup races

Monday, August 22, 2016

More than 300 historic cars will contest the Oulton Park Gold Cup's 23-races this Bank Holiday weekend (27-29 August), and the entry covers classic single-seaters, including Formula 1 machinery, saloons and GTs. Click here to download the full list.

The event will be headlined by the return of Grand Prix cars to the Cheshire circuit, recalling the early days of the Gold Cup. A grid of 25 cars from the 1930s to early 60s will compete for the Historic Gold Cup trophy. The list includes the Cooper T51 and Lotus 18 and 25 models that were winners of the event in period, powering legends Stirling Moss and Jim Clark to victory. There is a huge Cooper entry, reflecting the Surbiton-based constructor's huge influence on this era, whilst there is also representation from BRM and the recently-restored and unique South African-built Assegai.

Representing the Gold Cup's second era will be the Derek Bell Trophy, which is open to Formula 5000, F2 and F3 machinery. The F5000 contingent includes the Chevron B24 and Lola T330, both of which were Gold Cup-winning designs in the hands of Peter Gethin and Ian Ashley respectively. These thundering American V8-engined giants will compete against the more nimble 2-litre F2 cars, whilst the 1.6-litre F3 racers can be less of a handful around the notoriously tricky Oulton Park layout.

The Gold Cup was also awarded to BTCC drivers, during the fondly-remembered Super Touring era, and twenty of these cars will contest two races. Heading the entry are double champion John Cleland in the 1997 Vauxhall Vectra, and rival Patrick Watts in his 1998 Peugeot 406. There's a 1993 BMW 318i, similar to the car that won German ace Joachim Winkelhock a Gold Cup double, whilst opposition comes from favourites including the Audi A4, Honda Accord, Nissan Primera, Renault Laguna, and Volvo S40. The Ford Sierra RS500 and BMW M3 that fought out the pre-Super Touring era are also included in the entry.

The BTCC's 1960s heyday will also be recalled, with a bumper 32-car entry that features the powerful American Ford Mustangs facing opposition from Europe's finest-handling machines. These primarily include the Mini Cooper, Hillman Imp, Lotus Cortina, and there's additional variety from an Alfa Romeo Sprint GT, three Ford Anglias and a Triumph 2000.

Sportscar racing is well-represented with a huge Guards Trophy entry split into two classes. Recalling the great races of the same name from the 60s, there's a pre-69 Sports Racing field that includes cars from Bolton's Chevron, plus Lotus and Ginetta and many more. The GT class includes Jaguars, MGs and TVRs from nearby Blackpool. The Road Sports classes number almost 50 cars, with a 60-flavoured race that features Austin Healey, Lotus, MG, Triumph and more, whilst the 70s version will see a Jaguar, Lotus, MG, Triumph and TVR contingent defending British honour against Alfa Romeo, Datsun, Lancia, Porsche, and Renault-Alpine.

There's a special Jaguar Classic Challenge race that will see 17 cars, with a strong E-Type entry, plus the XK120, XK150 sportscars, and a pair of Mk I saloons. A similar number of Classic Clubmans will also race, with category stalwart Mallock challenged by front-engined sports racers from Phantom, Royale and more.

Over 100 cars will contest the historic junior single-seater classes. Two Formula Junior grids, for front and rear-engined cars will celebrate the category that brought Jim Clark to the world's attention. There are nearly 50 Formula Ford cars, with so many 1600cc-engined cars that there's a healthy list of reserves. The later, be-winged 2000cc cars will also feature in a race of their own, whilst some of these will also contest the Classic Racing Cars grid for a wide variety of single-seaters.

To download the provisional entry lists, click here.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup are available in advance from £19, with free admission for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or visitwww.oultonparkgoldcup.co.uk

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