Classic Car race Espíritu de Montjuïc

On the weekend March 6.-7., the Espíritu de Montjuïc event on the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit launched the 2019 season of series by Peter Auto. This year, no fewer than six meetings and eight grids are on the calendar. 

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In 2004, Peter Auto introduced Classic Endurance Racing as a support grid for the Le Mans Series meetings. Fifteen years later CER has been transformed into one of the leading grids at Peter Auto events and it has been an inspiration for several more! Since its creation, six other grids have followed the trail it has blazed each one celebrating an era and a theme associated with endurance racing: exceptional cars in The Greatest’s Trophy, GTs from the 1960s in Sixties’ Endurance, Porsche 911s in the 2.0L Cup, the Francorchamps 24 Hours from the halcyon era of touring car racing in the Heritage Touring Cup, prototypes from the 1980s in Group C Racing and now supercars from the 1990s-2000s in Endurance Racing Legends.

The latter, introduced last year as demonstrations, was being held as a race for the first time this weekend. Thus, certain observers who arrived at Montmeló were still asking themselves whether it was a good idea to organise a confrontation between relatively recent cars equipped with technologies that are difficult to operate in the context of motor races. Their questions were answered out on the track thanks to a fantastic battle between an Aston Martin DBR9, Bentley Speed 8, Chrysler Viper, Ferrari 333 SP, Panoz Esperante GT1…

Other notable cars present at the Catalonian event that have not been seen racing for a long time were a Ferrari 250 GTO (1962), a 3.8-litre low-drag lightweight E-Type Jaguar (1963), an Alfa Romeo T33/TT3 (1972), a Lotus Esprit (1979), a Lola T600 (1981) and a Sauber C8 Kouros (1986). And there will be more next month at Spa-Classic starting with a Jaguar XJS/R entered for the Heritage Touring Cup. More proof, as if it were needed, that historic racing isn’t static and that the events are in a state of perpetual renewal.