After the success of the event in 2017 the FIA Classic Racing Series returned to the Hungaroring in 2019.
The Classic Racing event belowed by many car enthusiats returned to Hungary by the organisers Peter Auto to the well known track from the F1 Grand Prix series the Hungaroring which is in the F1 calendar since 1986.
From 60's to Group C
“ HOW GREAT WAS THE LAST ONE AND WE MOVE ON AND GET BETTER FROM YEAR TO YEAR ”
The Hungaroring Classic occupies a special place on the Peter Auto historic race calendar. Generally speaking, the meetings provide rare occasions to rediscover iconic cars racing on circuits that have forged their glorious past. Such is the case at Le Mans, Spa, Monza, etc. But not here, as up till the end of the 1980s this track did not host major world championships. In 2017, the Hungaroring Classic became the first big international historic meeting held on a circuit in Central Europe with cars that had never been seen racing in this region before.
Classic Endurance Racing
Since 2004 Classic Endurance Racing has been the retrospective of endurance races held between 1966 and 1981, an era when this branch of the sport topped the bill in world motor racing. It was the glorious era of the Ford GT40s, Porsche 910s and 917s, Ferraris 512Ss and Ms, BMW M1s, etc. driven by Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo Gérard Larrousse and Derek Bell among others, whose playing fields were not limited to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours: they also raced on the most famous European circuits in the context of the Sports Car World Championship. Classic Endurance Racing is much more than a simple historic commemoration.
Group C Racing
“This era is still considered as the Golden Age of endurance racing."
The Group C regulations, in force between 1982 and 1994, led to the production of legendary cars that wrote some of the most glorious pages in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours. Early on, the Porsche 956s dominated despite sti§ opposition from the Lancia LC2s, and then came up against much tougher rivals with the arrival of Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda.
Group C was abandoned in the early 90s afer a brief cohabitation with the Sport 3.5s (Peugeot 905, Jaguar XJR-14, Toyota TS010, etc), but that era is still considered as the Golden Age of endurance racing.
Heritage Touring Cup
Ford Escort and Capri, BMW 3.0CSL and 635 CSi, Alfa Romeo GTV6, those cars, similar in appearance to the ones which littered the streets, became, when prepared, wonderful race cars, showcased for manufacturers and fighting for first place…
Since its debut in 2010, this grid has attracted a large following among spectators thanks to its allencompassing quality field consisting of the top pre-63 sports cars and pre-66 GTs that raced in the world endurance championship of the epoch. On the track are cars, whose names such as Shelby Cobra, Lotus Elite, Elan and 11, Jaguar E-Type, etc. still echo in the memories of fans of this era of endurance racing which, at the time, was the top branch of motorsport.
The Greatest's Thropy
Thanks to the experience and know-how acquired in historic racing, Peter Auto launched the Trofeo Nastro Rosso in 2013, renamed last year The Greatest’s Trophy. It also opened the series up to pre-1966 Sports and GT cars made by other Italian makes like Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Bizzarini, Iso, Lancia, Osca Stanguellini, etc . Since 2013 the grid accepts – on invitation only – some hand-picked beautiful machines. Henceforth, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and DB4 GT Zagatos can share the track with their Italian rivals, Maserati 300s, Ferrari 250 GT Berlinettas and Alfa Romeo TZs. Peter Auto is obviously aware of the fact that many of the cars in question are now worth a great deal of money, and that their owners with good reason, are not all that keen on racing them in historic events where they have to share the track with many other vehicles, so it has decided to apply sporting ethical rules to ensure the respect of the cars taking part in the Greatest’s Trophy to reduce risks to the minimum.
This series is without doubt the most disputed given the fact that every single car is identical: short chassis Porsche 911s all complying with the pre-1966 FIA regulations.