Dix Mille Tours Du Castellet 2020On 4-5 April 2020 At Circuit Paul Ricard, France
- February 14, 2020
- Posted by 2shores Classic Cars
The Dix Mille Tours du Castellet first held in 2010 is the source of a series of events regrouping the different historic grids by Peter Auto. For its tenth anniversary the meeting in the south of France has changed dates.
This year, the Dix Mille Tours du Castellet event, usually organised in the autumn, kicks off the series by Peter Auto season. This change is very fitting for the drivers who can take advantage of a particularly safe environment to find their marks or to get to grips with their new cars. The Paul Ricard circuit, dedicated to private testing for many years, pardons errors thanks to its large asphalt run-off areas that cause less bodywork damage than the more commonly used gravel traps. This event has another particularity as it is the only one in the season to use two different layouts depending on the series: the one used for the French Formula 1 Grand Prix and the classic layout without the “North” chicanes. In the second configuration the 1.8-km long Mistral straight allows the Group C Racing prototypes to achieve a top speed of 300 km/h!
The spectators’ car park is free like the access to the grandstand opposite the pits and the one beside the Grand Prix Hall. The paddocks entry ticket allows its possessors to get near the 300 racing cars and talk to the drivers. It also gives access to the exhibitors’ village.
Series on track at the Dix Mille Tours
The Peter Auto grids are devoted to different periods of the history of motor sport and to different circuit racing cars: GTs, Sports cars, Prototypes and Touring cars from the 1950s to the 2000s.
The 2.0L Cup is the only Peter Auto single-make series. It is reserved for 2-litre short chassis early Porsche 911s prepared in accordance with FIA pre-66 regulations… A success!
This grid is held in association with Britons Lee Maxted-Page (Porsche specialist) and James Turner (Director of Sports Purpose). What really makes the difference here is not the car because everybody has the same weapon but the driver. The short-chassis 2.0 litre 911 is a car that you drive with your whole body. It is powered by a flat 6 engine in the rear overhang. As a result the steering goes a bit light at high speed and you have to remain concentrated. A car that’s really great fun to drive!
Classic Endurance Racing
With full starting grids – some 50 cars among which Porsche 935, BMW M1, Lola T70, Ferrari 512 BBLM – and drivers wishing to honor the fabulous history of their machines, the show is guaranteed!
C.E.R echoes a period – 1966 to 1981 – when endurance racing was reigning over motorsport. A glorious period of the Ford GT40, Porsche 910, Ferrari 512… and their drivers: Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo, Gérard Larrousse… Their playground was not limited to the extraordinary 24 Hours of Le Mans, but spread over the greatest European circuits in the scope of the World Sports Car Championship. Classic Endurance Racing, which revives the passion of Endurance racing, is much more than a historical reminder.
Endurance Racing Legends
The most modern cars competing in circuit events organised by Peter Auto can be found in this series. It brings together machines that young spectators go wild about: GTs and prototypes from the 1990s and 2000s.
This grid is intended for cars GT1 cars such as Ferrari F40 LM and 550, McLaren F1 GTR, Porsche 911 GT1, GT2 icons like the Porsche 993 GT2 to 997 RSR, Chrysler Viper GTS-R, and Ferrari 360 to F430 GTC, plus of course prototypes like the iconic Audi R8 LMP and Bentley Speed 8. It’s worth pointing out that the fact that Endurance Racing Legends is gathering momentum resembles a homage to Peter Auto as the organiser made a significant contribution to the history of these cars at the circuits in both the 90s with the BPR (Barth-Peter-Ratel), and the 2000s with the Le Mans Endurance Series.
Eligible cars: Sebring 12 Hours (1994-2010), Daytona 24 Hours (1994-2010), Le Mans 24 Hours (1994-2010), American Le Mans Series (1999-2010), BPR (1994-1996), FIA GT (1997-2009), FIA Sportscar Championship (2001-2003), IMSA (WSC 1993-1998), International Sports Racing Series (1997-2000), Le Mans Endurance Series (2001-2005), Le Mans Series (2006-2010).
Exceptions (ineligible cars): LM P1 and LM P2 after 2005, GT3, Ferrari Challenge, Porsche Supercup & Carrera Cup, Daytona GTD, Daytona Prototypes.
There will be an invitation class for non-eligible cars in the races.
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Clubs and individual owners remain at the heart of the action with an exhibition area reserved inside the racetrack. The condition? A car in good condition, produced before 1966 or among the Happy Few list.
Entertainment at the Dix Mille Tours
A shopping village with many professionals presenting their latest works, publications, automobile antiques, miniature cars and other rarities … An automobile amateur’s dream!
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