500 entries for this month’s Phillip Island Classic

The Phillip Island Classic, this year its 22nd instalment is set to continue on its claim as being the Southern Hemisphere’s largest historic racing event.

To be held on 18-20 March the event will feature 4 races for each category spread across all of Saturday and Sunday, whilst Friday is designated for practice in the morning and qualifying in the afternoon.

Many of the 10 racing fields have capacity (grid density) fields. The feature race of the weekend will be for the international formula of Group C Sports cars, the like of which competed at the Le Mans 24-hours races throughout the 1970s & 1980s. The feature race for these cars will be a 20 lap “endure” on Sunday afternoon.

We understand that there are three Maserati 250Fs from other parts of the world for the meeting, including the familiar Peter Giddings car. Peter will no doubt be thanked across the weekend for his support in getting the three 250Fs to the event.

For locals, early last year saw the purchase post-auction of the 1979 Williams FW07 Formula One car by Paul Faulkner. Paul, no stranger to the sport having raced Porsche 944s, and more recently the move into historic racing in Formula Fords. The Williams was sold without engine, but a re-built Cosworth DFV was sourced and race-prepared in the UK and arrived in Australia recently. Paul and his crew have being working tirelessly since taking ownership of the car last year, literally re-building everything beneath its skin. Paul tells Historic Racing Australia that the car will be at Phillip Island for its first public track appearance where it will compete in demonstration laps at lunchtime on each of the event’s three days.

Tickets for the event are available from the gate on either day.

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