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VIC: PHILLIP ISLAND CLASSIC FESTIVAL OF MOTORSPORT – Sat 10 and Sun 11 March 2018
March 10 - March 11
PHILLIP ISLAND GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
The Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport on the 10th – 11th March 2018 is the largest historic meet in the Southern hemisphere, attracting some of the most awe-inspiring cars from around the world – this year will feature a number of high performance sports cars not seen before in Australia.
2018 will be a momentous year to Celebrate 50 years of Formula 5000 racing with 5 racing legends in attendance.
Alfredo (Alfie) Constanzo retired Italian born Australian racing driver who competed in four Australian Grand Prix and won four Australian Drivers’ Championships, equalling the record set by Bib Stillwell.
Kevin Bartlett – often known as ‘KB’ is a former Australian open wheel and touring racing driver who won the Australian Drivers’ Championship in 1968 and in 1969, as well as the Bathurst 1000 in 1974.
Alan Hamilton – Twice Australian Sports Car Drivers’ Champion, Porsche Importer and Team Owner and four times winner of the Gold Star Championship with Alfie Constanzo.
Tasmanian, John McCormack became one of the leading Formula 5000 racers in the 1970’s winning the Australian Drivers’ Championship three times. John won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1973/74
Ken Smith MBE from New Zealand won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1976, 1990 and in 2004 and raced Formula Ford, Formula 5000, Formula Pacific, Formula Mondial and Toyota Racing Series. Ken has competed over 59 consecutive seasons on the motor racing circuit. He has won the Gold Star Drivers Award five times, Formula 5000 Revival three times, the Penang Grand Prix three times, the Selanger twice and the Malaysian Grand Prix once.
Amongst the group of high performance sports cars will be three Dutton Motorsport entries, the Porsche 962, McLaren M8F and the Le Mans Lola T296 not previously raced here.
Also for the first time in Australia the two Pro-sport 3000’s Group C Cars recently imported from the UK by Robin Swift, one Ferrari powered (No. 11) and the other with a Cosworth (Double Four Valve) (No. 22).
Other new sports cars will include the De Tomaso Mangusta of Perry Spiridis just imported from the USA and the Lola T70 of Ray Narkiewicz.
Exciting racing at its best can be assured with Andy Newall and one other driver flying in from the UK to drive against established and highly competitive local entities of Jamie Larner in his Ralt RT2 and local identity Laurie Bennett in his McLaren M1C, recently returned from very successful racing in Europe. Andy Newall will drive the McLaren M6B.
Heralded as Australia’s largest and recognised internationally in the world’s top ten historic motor race events, the 2018 Phillip Island Classic is shaping up once again to be an exciting spectacle of historic motor sport.