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2024 Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix report
Close contests

A packed programme that ran for three days from early morning to late at night produced a host of close contents at the 2024 Historic Grand Prix at Zandvoort. The Dutch event completed its first dozen of editions, and saw weather conditions improve throughout the event to end with bright sunshine befitting the beach atmosphere of the event and the circuit. Highlights of the event were the two Masters Racing Legends races for 3-litre-era F1 cars. Similar to 2023, 27 cars were present although not all of them survived Friday's free practice and (wet) qualifying.

Lukas Halusa, Williams FW08, 2024 Historic Grand Prix

 

1949 Brazilian Temporada
Brazil's forgotten racing days

Rafael Gargiulino, Ford V8 Adaptado, 1949 Brazilian Temporada

When you ask someone about the association between Brazil and motor racing, most likely the first thing that will come to mind will be the names of the drivers who, from the 1970s onwards, began to write the most significant part of the history of motorsport in that country. However, the history of these drivers was not built on the basis of spontaneous and random events which culminated in these successive generations. The maturation process of Brazilian drivers was the result of other pioneers who ended up being forgotten compared to the glories achieved by their compatriots in later decades. Drivers like 'Chico' Landi, Irineu Corrêa and Manuel de Teffé paved the way for what would become one of the most victorious countries in the history of F1, Indy and so many other prestigious international categories.

Back in the forties, the success of the Argentine Temporada was due to its good schedule, which generally comprised four solid races spread over one month. This simple arrangement became itself an attraction for the big European teams, which could dilute the transportation and maintenance costs of all material from Europe to South America over the course of four events, in addition to the good prizes offered by those events, which were good lures for the top racing drivers. Therefore, the ACB began designing the project for its own Temporada, following the templates built by the ACA. Lorenzo Baer reports.

 

2024 Brands Hatch Masters Festival report
Double winners

At Brands Hatch, Matt Wrigley made amends for his misfortune in Paul Ricard’s opening round of the Masters Racing Legends for 1966-’85 F1 cars, as he won both races in his Tyrrell 011 to move himself back in contention for the championship. Two other double race winners surfaced at this year’s Masters Historic Festival: Keith Frieser won twice in Masters Endurance Legends while Paul Cope took a double treat of spoils in Masters Sports Car Legends.

Now in its 18th year, the Masters Historic Festival – one of two championship rounds organised by Masters Historic Racing themselves – upheld its tradition of fine spring weather as it returned to its equally traditional late-May bank holiday weekend that always coincides with the Monaco GP and the Indy 500. It would be the opening weekend for four of the six Masters grids, but the F1 cars and the more recent Le Mans prototypes had already completed their first round of the championship at Paul Ricard.

Matt Wrigley, Tyrrell 011, 2024 Brands Hatch Masters Festival

 

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