The Tour Britannia Race Series is unique in the UK motorsport calendar, combining the thrill of the racetrack with the skill of the rally stage special; not forgetting that there is also the discipline of a regularity event. Established in 2005, Tour Britannia is designed primarily for historic cars with the Competition and Regularity events open to vehicles manufactured up to December 1985. A new invitation-only category was also introduced in 2011 for interesting cars of any age.
Each day of the event see the Competition and invitation cars doing a number of rally special stages based at stately homes and other notable venues. In addition they take part in a race at circuits such as Croft, Oulton Park or Silverstone.
The Organisers issue competitors with an easy to use road book to get from one venue to the next. Quiet, traffic free roads are chosen where possible, but occasionally it is necessary to use a main route to maximise the number of stages visited during the day. Cars in the Regularity Category use the same route but make detours to take in additional road regularity sections each day (run under the jogularity style). They will use the special stages as a ‘regularity’ – the emphasis being not how fast you can go, but how well you can keep to pre-set average speeds!
Competition licences are necessary in the invitation and Competition Categories and the vehicles taking part must comply with the relevant MSA technical regulations for vehicle safety. Those taking part in the Regularity event do not require anything other than a current driving licence.
Tour Britannia is reminiscent of racing and rallying of the Fifties and Sixties and places importance also on the social side of the sport. Competitors can relax after an exhilarating day’s motoring and enjoy the special camaraderie as they swap stories, perhaps over a drink at the bar or over dinner at one of the Tours carefully chosen venues.
Tour Ireland (12-15 May 2015)
For 2015, the really big news is that Tour Ireland will be launched, tackling some sensational closed road special stages, just South of Dublin. From a tour HQ in North Wales, the tour will visit the Great Orme and Anglesey circuit as well as some of the venues that proved so popular on Tour Britannia in August of this year. There will be space for just 30 competition and 15 regularity crews, so there will be tremendous pressure on the number of places available.
For further details visit: www.tourbritannia.com
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