Home' Sunraysia Daily : motors20022016 Contents A record-matching entry of more than 540
Historic touring, sports and open wheeler
racing cars spanning eight decades has been
received for the 27th annual Phillip Island
Classic Festival of Motorsport.
Staged from March 11-13 on the spectacular
Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit by Victorian
Historic Racing Register, the event has
attracted over-capacity fields for Touring Cars,
Production Sports Cars and Historic Formula
Ford open wheelers.
The record 58 races for (a record) 12 Historic
categories will be held from early afternoon on
Friday March 11, with the final event late on
Because of the huge entry, there will be no
time for the circuit parades and demonstrations
that have been a part of previous Phillip Island
Classic FOM meetings.
Feature races will include a 10-lap event for
Historic Touring Cars on Saturday afternoon
and similar 10-lap sprints for big banger
sports cars and open wheelers on the Sunday
"There will only be non-stop racing on Friday
afternoon and 9-5 over the weekend," said
VHRR President Ian Tate.
Around 30 thundering V8-engined Formula
5000 racing cars are also expected to line up,
while the Classic has attracted Formula 1 cars
from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Meanwhile for Touring Car enthusiasts, this
year s event will have special meaning with
Patron and four times Australian Champion Jim
Richards racing an ex-JPS Team BMW in five
separate capacity-grid Group C & A races.
To support the 100 Years of BMW
celebration at Phillip Island, Richards will also
bring his own ex-Team JPS M3 to the meeting
-- a car he drove in the early rounds of the
1987 ATCC on his way to win his second title.
Meanwhile Shannons may also display the
ex-Neville Crichton BMW 635 JPS Team car that
Richards also owns, but never actually raced, in
This year s Classic will also be a must
see for open wheeler enthusiasts, with two
famous Formula 1 cars with unique Australian
connections coming home from the UK --
thanks to their current enthusiastic UK owners,
Andrew and Margaret Wareing.
From the 1960s comes the works 1.5 litre
BRM P261-5 that was raced by Graham Hill,
Ritchie Ginther and Jackie Stewart in Formula 1
Later, factory-fitted with a larger 2.0-litre V8
engine, the same car contested the 1965, 1966
and 1967 Tasman Championship in Australia
and New Zealand with Stewart and Richard
Driven by Graham Hill, the car s best F1
result was second in the 1964 French Grand
Prix, while in 1966 it scored five race victories
in the 1966 Tasman Series, with Stewart taking
four of its race wins to clinch the eight-
The Wareings are also bringing their famous
Williams FW06 to Phillip Island -- the first car
produced by the combination of Frank Williams
and Patrick Head for their Williams Grand Prix
Engineering Formula One team.
Powered by a Cosworth DFV 3.0 litre V8
engine and driven by Australia s Alan Jones,
the FW06 competed as a lone Williams works
entry in all 16 rounds of the 1978 FIA World
Championship. It finished in the points three
times, with Jones best result being second
place in the US GP at Watkins Glen.
At the meeting, the BRM P261-5 will compete
in Group M & O events for open wheelers from
1961-1970, where one of its main rivals will be
another great F1 car of the 1960s -- the 1968
2.5-litre Repco Brabham V8 of Victorian Peter
Meanwhile, Wareing will also race the
FW06/03 at Phillip Island in the Q & R events
for racing cars built from 1970-1985. Here, its
principal F1 rivals will be the 1971 March 741
to be raced by four times Australian Champion,
John Bowe and the 1985 ex-works Lola 1.5
Turbo of Sydney s Iain Ross.
The open wheeler programme at this year s
Classic will also see a near- record number
of Formula 5000 racing cars compete over the
event s three-day programme.
The 27th Phillip Island Classic Festival of
Motorsport is being staged by the Victorian
Historic Racing Register with continued
support from Penrite, Shannons and CoolDrive
Record 540-plus entry for
2016 Phillip Island Classic
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