Espíritu de Montjuïc

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ; 6-7-8 April 2018

Historic car entrants had been looking forward to this moment for six months. Finally, it arrived! They met up at Montmélo in Spain for the first rendezvous of the season. At last, it was kick-off time for the Peter Auto grids!

Espagne - Peter Auto - Group C Racing

Since it was built in 1991, the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit has become the measuring rod for the manufacturers involved in Formula 1. So it was only fitting that the 2018 historic racing season should kick off on this benchmark layout before continuing on the Spa-Francorchamps, Dijon-Prenois, Le Mans, Paul Ricard and Imola tracks. This weekend, seven of the eighth Peter Auto grids were on hand: they will be joined by the new 2.0-litre Cup next month at Spa.

The first conclusion drawn from scrutineering and administrative checks on Thursday was that historic racing is booming as proved by the 212 cars in the paddocks at the Catalonian circuit. As a comparison, last year there were 145 at the opening round so there’s been an increase of 45% in 12 months! One grid in particular stands out, Group C Racing, whose entrants have increased from 12 to 21 cars! It’s a real feather in the cap of Peter Auto, which took the gamble of including these modern racers in its series in 2016, and now sees that its efforts have paid off after two years. It took a lot of work to attract these cars that are difficult to run to offer a sumptuous repeat of the Mercedes-Benz-Jaguar duel with Porsche, Peugeot and even Rondeau in the wings waiting to pounce. The French organiser’s aim is to exceed the symbolic number of 50 prototypes at the start at Le Mans Classic in July. A fabulous show guaranteed!

The novelty at the Spanish event was the inauguration of the Greatest’s Trophy, a grid that includes cars that raced in endurance in the 1950-1960s. The imposition of strict ethical rules to reduce risks to the minimum is justified by the fact that these are now very valuable motors. Thus, 18 exceptional cars did battle: Alfa Romeo TZ (1963), Aston Martin DB2 Vantage (1952), Bizzarrini 5300 GT (1965), Ferrari 250 Belinetta (1960), 250 GT Breadvan (1961), 250 LM (1964), Maserati 300 S (1957), Porsche 718 RSK (1960) and 904 GTS (1964).

Last noteworthy innovation: the arrival of Vicomte A, which, this weekend, was the official clothing supplier of the Peter Auto Series. The French ready-to-wear brand has joined the series’ faithful partners: EFG Private Banking, Zenith Watches and Motul. We would also like to thank the Escuderia Targa Iberica, organiser and creator of the Espiritiu de Montjuïc, which Peter Auto is proud to join up with this year.

On 18-19-20 May all these cars and drivers will arrive in Belgium for the 8th staging of Spa-Classic. In the meantime, historic car fans have a rendezvous in France from 23rd to 28th April for the 27th Tour Auto Optic 2000.

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