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After some event cancellations, the 2020 Iberian Historic Endurance season starts at the terrific Portimao circuit on the Algarve.
Group 1 Portugal
Borned in 2012, this classic series with Group1 Pre-1981 specifications, was made for teams that were looking to compete in a championship where there was a controlled participation costs, like the English spirit of the “Club Racing”. This competition is always disputed by class, rewording the teams and drivers big effort who runs in each classes, fighting their own championship inside the championship.
Like it was on the past, this races are getting extremely interesting. Remember the GR1 national championships of 1979, 1980 and 1981, not mentioning the famous english BTCC, also disputed with this kind of cars.
Nowadays, like in Portugal, England and France, Group1 races have been very well disputed and competitive and the grids growing every day.
Besides this, the cars value is increasing, with a lot more interested people in Europe, in participate on this competitions, making this a secure investment.
Always a presence on the tracks since the 60’s, MINI has always been an icon for car races. 60 years passed, and today this model still gives the same show for the crowd to enjoy.
Mini Trophy in Portugal is for MK4 SPI and SPI models, according to the English rules for the “Mighty Mini” – engine and standard gear box. This configuration makes the acquisition very affordable with a low maintenance, with all the car pieces being standard and with very low prices. The Mighty Mini Trophy is ruled by 3 basic principles: fun, elegance and competition. Despite the low prices, it’s crucial that all drivers and teams understands that this is a classic car trophy, and that the final results will not lead any of them to Formula 1. The Portuguese Mini Trophy always races in the same tracks where the Group 1 Portugal is racing, once they have the same calendar.
Iberian Historic Endurance
The fascination with racing in historic cars goes far beyond the competition scope. Each weekend of racing is a journey through time for the drivers and their companions – a journey to an era when the racing atmosphere was a lot more relaxed and fun. The goal of the Historic Endurance is to provide all the participants with a special experience of conviviality, emotion, and nostalgia. This competition gives meaning and sense to the acquisition and possession of a historic racing car, regardless of class or power.
Adrenaline and emotion are sure things when visiting the most exciting and challenging circuits in Southern Europe, where the pleasant weather provides excellent conditions for driving, and the transport of vehicles and equipment is easy and affordable. Some events happen within the context of major classic cars festivals, where the atmosphere becomes even more special.
The Iberian Historic Endurance is an organization of gentlemen drivers for gentleman drivers. The also driver Diogo Ferrão is in charge of this set-up, bringing into this Iberian competition his expertise and vast experience, which includes several appearances in various events, such as the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and Old-timer Grand Prix in Nordschleife.
The Iberian Historic Endurance is not intended for drivers looking purely to win races. We are a constantly growing group of friends, a gathering of the participants’ families and the teams, going far beyond a 50-minute race.
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