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750 Motor Club Birkett Relay

23 Oct 2021 23 Oct 2021 09:00 23 Oct 2021 18:00 Europe/London 750 Motor Club Birkett Relay 750 Motor Club Championship Car Races, 10 race programme from the UK’s leader in club motorsport. Silverstone Circuit

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About the Birkett Relay

Dating back to 1951, the race was the brainchild of one of the 750 Motor Club’s founder members – Holland “Holly” Birkett. Following his death the event was subsequently renamed in honour of the Club President. 2019 will represent the 68th anniversary of the 6 hour race event and, just to confuse things, the 68th Birkett event – the 5th anniversary was celebrated with an extra one–off 12 Hour Birkett race.

The race is held on the full Grand Prix circuit and as a result can accommodate up to 70 teams of between 4 and 6 drivers and cars competing in a unique relay race format. Each team has to lap the circuit as many times as they can within the six hours, with only one of their team cars running at any one time. As one comes into the pit lane, the next can be dispatched out onto the circuit. Entry is restricted to sports and saloon cars; this means an eclectic mix of vehicles can be on track, everything from 1960’s MG Midgets to BMW M3’s, hordes of Caterham derivatives and modern sports racing cars such as Radical’s.

The event is really two events in one. In addition to trying to win outright by recording the highest number of laps there is also a handicap classification, which in theory could be won by any of the teams. Each team, unless in scratch position, is credited with a certain number of credit laps, presumed to have been run before the race started. The results are then calculated from the credit laps and the actual laps covered by each team in the 6 hours to see who has beaten the rest…and the handicapper! In addition to overall scratch and handicap awards, there are a number of class prizes to ensure all teams have a chance of silverware.

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