Coventry MotoFest 2015
Motofest 2015 is getting revved up for a weekend of high octane action as organisers announce an array of automotive stars to take part on the ring road sprint circuit.
Fans of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) will be excited to discover that Rob Austin, one of the most popular drivers in the championship, will bring his Audi A4 to tackle the twists and turns of Coventry’s unique new temporary track.
More race vehicles from the British Automobile Racing Club race series, will see seven of the Renault Clio Cup teams take to the circuit, including local drivers Ash Hands, based in Nuneaton and Lichfield based Ant Whorton-Eales, who currently leads the Clio Cup Championship.
Alongside the BARC teams, six representatives from the British Trial and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) will take to the track including Gary Pusey’s Subaru Impreza supercar and Gary Simpsons BMW E30 supermodified vehicle.
Keeping with the rally car theme, Slowly Sideways, a pan-European club of Group B rally car owners, will bring the notorious Group B Rally cars to the city’s ring road, providing a look back into one of the most exciting and dangerous periods in motorsport history.
James Noble, Festival Director said: “We are so excited to announce the line-up of vehicles we now have confirmed to take part on the new ring road sprint circuit.
“From the cars supplied by the BARC race series, to the BTRDA drivers and the Group B rally cars, it’s going to be an amazing spectacle for all those attending and the chance see up close some incredible vehicles being put through their paces on the new sprint circuit.
“Motofest 2015 is bigger and better than ever this year and with the sprint circuit, demonstration events and parades, static displays, live Motorsport arena and all the live music events, it’s going to be a fantastic celebration of the city’s motoring heritage.”
Other highlights during the three day motoring festival include the Falken Tyre UK Drift team, which will demonstrate ultimate levels of car control with a performance on Coventry’s iconic ring road.
The iconic Rover-BRM gas turbine race car – first gas powered vehicle to take part in the Le Mans 24 hour race – will also run on the city’s ring road for the first time in over 50 years since it was road tested in Coventry in the early 1960s.
The Le Mans theme will continue in the form of Jigsaw Racing’s fleet of Le Mans Triumph Spitfires including ADU 1B, restored to its full specification and with many original parts featured on the vehicle, alongside four replica vehicles from the famous Le Mans 1964 and 1965 racing team.