The long winter break has now finished in historic racing too. And where would you have felt the upcoming warm weather more than at the opening of the season in Spain, near the capital Madrid on the Circuito el Jarama. Here the Jarama Classic took place for the very first time, organized by Peter Auto with the support of the Spanish Automobile Club. The 10,000 spectators crowned the success of this event. For the French organiser Peter Auto, it was a return to the roots of his creativity, because ten years ago he was there for the classic endurance racing and the Le Mans Series. The Classic Endurance Race took also place at the Jarama classic, in addition to the Sixtie BB´s endurance, the Trofeo Nastro Rosso, Heritage Touring Cup, and the Group C race. In total, there were 186 racing cars which took part in the ten races at the first Jarama Classic. Matchless was Group C grid with 14 unique race vehicles and highlights such as the Peugeot 905, and the Aston Martin AMR1. Only at the Spa-Francochamps race, organized by Peter Auto in June of this year, more historic Group C race cars will be seen in this grid.
As with every race, organized by Peter Auto, the two-hour “endurance of the sixties” race is one of the major highlights. This was also the largest grid of the Jarama classic and offered viewers a variety on legendary 1960s race cars, such as Cobras, Lotus, E-type, Mustangs, and as well as some other brands. However, three Cobras drove in a row across the finish line at the end and finished up on all three steps of the winners stairs.
In the “Trofeo Nastro Rosso” some really nice rarities, like a Ferrari Breadvan, Maserati Tipo 60 birdcage or a Ferrari 250GT SWB tok part, but unfortunately the number of participants was very low. Only eleven companions went on the circuit to win this Cup. The race ended after just 35 minutes and victorious Martin Halusa drove the Ferrari 250GT Breadvan victorious over the finishing line.
In the Iberian Historic Endurance, especially a colorful mixture of Ford GTs, Opel GT, Porsche 911, and other long-haul vehicles could impress the audience. From the beginning the German Ralf Kelleners spearheaded this race with his DeTomaso Pantera. In the second race, he had a technical damage shortly before the end and thus opened the way for the ASM team with their Ford GT to win the race.
On the 13.-15. May all drivers in the various grids come together again to continue the classic race series in Belgium at the Spa circiut.