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Motor Racing Legends to Star in the Algarve

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It is just a few weeks before we put the wraps on another full season of historic Motorsport, but before then Motor Racing Legends’ competitors are once again loading their trucks preparing to head south to Portugal for the Algarve Classic Festival (Oct 27-29).

This year’s autumn pilgrimage to visit the rollercoaster circuit of the Autodromo International Algarve looks set to be a bumper event. With a free practice for all and qualifying sessions all on the Friday, the inaugural 2-hour race for the Historic Touring Car Challenge taking in the Tony Dron Trophy kicks off at 9.20am on Saturday morning. Whilst the ’50s Sports Cars 2-hour race starts just as the sun sets at 18.00pm Saturday evening.

In the ’50s Sports car race, over 30 cars will be taking to the grid on Saturday. In last year’s race we witnessed a fantastic battle between the two Lotus 15s. The vivid orange car of Phillip Walker/Miles Griffiths and the pale blue Lotus of Greg Caton. Caton led from the start but a struggling fuel pump in the final laps saw Walker and Griffiths steal the lead, just 5 laps from the flag. This year the orange car is absent, but the pale blue Lotus 15 and Greg Caton are back and will be going for a top step finish. Guy Peeters also joins the battle in his green ex-Works Lotus 15. Last year’s third place went to the Lister Knobbly of Carlos Monteverde and Gary Pearson, they will also be back, with Gary Pearson doubling up his drive with a shift in Adam Lindemann’s Lister Chevrolet. Chris Ward is out fielding the unstoppable JD Classics Lister Costin and Tom Harris will drive solo in his Lister Jaguar Knobbly.

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Further down the order in the Woodcote Trophy classes last year’s Woodcote Trophy winners Fred Wakeman and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards will be setting the pace in the Cooper T38. An amazing drive in the Healey 100S of Le Blanc/Greensall saw them finish just behind the Cooper last year, they are absent from this year’s line-up but either Nick Wigley co-driving with Barry Cannell in their well sorted Cooper Bristol T24/T25 or the stunning Maserati 250S of Martin Stretton and Richard Wilson should be in the mix.

This year’s grid for the 2-hour Historic Touring Car Challenge contains a fantastic line-up of 70s and 80s touring car favourites. Last time out was at Oulton Park Gold Cup where the winners were Chris Ward driving with Steve Soper in the striking red Bastos Rover Vitesse and they will be the ones to watch in the Algarve. The BMW M3 drivers Nick and Harry Whale also picked up a double podium last year, and in Portimao Steve Jones will be lining up in his BMW M3 alongside two Belgium crews in BMW 3.0 CSLs Christian Dumolin/ Christophe Van Riet and Eric Mestdagh/Pierre-Alain Thibaut. Ric Wood is also likely to be looking for a place on the podium he is back co-driving with Touring car ace Adam Morgan in his Ford Capri.

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Entries for the Tony Dron Trophy are stronger than ever in Portimao and it looks set to be an amazing Ford vs Rover battle with Peter Mallet and Iain Rowley driving their Rover SD1 3500S. They have a gang of Ford Capris to fend off including John Spiers and Graham Pattle, Paul Chase Gardner and Simon Jones, together with this year’s star newcomer George Pochciol.

There is still time to sign up for some fun in the sun and enter the Algarve Classic Festival. With hotel included in the cost of entry, entries closes on 19th October. For more details contact Lindsey Warren on +44 (0)1403 823138 or or Click here.

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