Historic Formula One Championship

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Historic Formula One Championship
Category Single seaters
Country International
Inaugural season 1995
Folded 2012
The parc fermé of the Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship at DAMC 05-Oldtimer Festival Nürburgring in June 1995.
Brabham BT49D driven by Christian Gläsel at a Thoroughbred Grand Prix race at Brands Hatch in September 2005.

The Historic Formula One Championship, previously known as the Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship, was a championship for Formula One cars from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s which is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, motor sport's world governing body. The championship was recognised by the FIA in 1994 as the only official FIA Historic Formula One Championship and its first season was in 1995. For 2013, the series was taken over by Masters Racing to become the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship.[1]

Regulations[edit]

Class system[edit]

The championship is split into four classes according to the vehicle's age and technical specification.[2]

Class Vehicle eligibility
A 1966-1971 Formula One cars
B Post-1971 non-ground effect Formula One cars
C Post-1971 ground effect Formula One cars
D Post-1971 flat bottom Formula One cars

The HFO Competition features classic Grand Prix racing cars from the 20-year period between 1966 and 1985. During that period there were design innovations and regulatory changes which resulted in significant performance differences and, naturally, there is a vast speed differential between the elder cars such as Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell 001 and the latter machines like the Steffan Johannsen Tyrrell 012 and Brabham BT49.

To level the playing field, the championship is split into 4 classes according to age and design characteristics of the car. Drivers score points within their particular car’s class and all have the chance to claim the overall FIA Trophy at the end of the season.

The Points Effectively, there are 4 competitions going on within every race and each provides points for the driver based on his/her placing in the car’s class and the number of competing cars in that class. 3 or More Starters in the Class 1st — 9 points 2nd — 6 points 3rd — 4 points 4th — 3 points 5th — 2 points 6th — 1 point

2 or 3 Starters in the Class 1st — 6 points 2nd — 4 points

1 Starter in the Class 1st — 4 points

Fastest Lap An additional point will be awarded to the drivers who achieve the fastest lap in each class during the race.

Championship AwardsThe Champion is the driver who scores the greatest points total, regardless of the class in which he/she competes and it is possible for a driver to switch classes during the season.

In addition to overall champion, awards also go to drivers with the highest total of points in each class excluding the overall champion, as follows:

Historic Formula One Historic Cup The competitor scoring the highest number of points in Class ‘A’

Historic Formula One Classic Cup The competitor scoring the highest number of points in Class ‘B’
Historic Formula One Cup The competitor scoring the highest number of points in Class ‘C’
Historic Formula One Sporting Cup The competitor scoring the highest number of points in Class ‘D’
These are all FIA awards which are presented at an official FIA Historic Awards event.

HFO also presents its own awards at a slightly less formal and usually much more boisterous event as follows:
The Chairman’s Trophy - Introduced in 2009 Tony Smith, this is awarded to the competitor who, in the chairman‘s opinion, best "exhibits" the “Spirit of the Championship”.
The Geoff Richardson Trophy - Provided by an engine builder, the trophy is awarded to the best newcomer.

The Nicholson McLaren Trophy - Provided by another engine builder. This 'trophy' is awarded to the 'best' team.

The Ensign Trophy - Provided by the former CEO of HFO, Mike Wheatley. Mike is a something of an Ensign fan having 'raced' an example in HFO very successfully.

Although never a winner, the marque was at its peak during the class B period and fittingly, this trophy goes to the winner of Class B.

The Colin Chapman Trophy - Provided by Clive Chapman and Classic Team Lotus. It is hard to imagine any historic category without a Colin Chapman Trophy but, as in HFO’s case, it is equally hard to determine which period it might be applied to since Colin was responsible for so many 'innovations'.

After considering that Class C covers the period when ground effects, carbon fibre chassis and the controversial twin chassis Lotus Type 88 all emerged from Colin’s expertise, it was agreed that this trophy would go to the winner of Class C.

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Car
1995 United Kingdom Martin Stretton Tyrrell 005
1996 United Kingdom Michael Schryver Lotus 72
1997 United Kingdom Bob Berridge RAM 01
1998 United Kingdom Bob Berridge Williams FW08
1999 United Kingdom Bob Berridge Williams FW08
2000 United Kingdom Martin Stretton Tyrrell P34
2001 United Kingdom John Bladon Surtees TS9
2002 United Kingdom Mike Whatley Ensign N175
2003 United Kingdom Mike Wrigley Tyrrell 012
2004 Portugal Rodrigo Gallego March 761
2005 Germany Christian Gläsel Brabham BT49
2006 United Kingdom Steve Hartley Arrows A6
2007 United Kingdom Steve Hartley Arrows A6
2008 Italy Mauro Pane Tyrrell P34
2009 United Kingdom Bobby Verdon-Roe McLaren M26
2010 United Kingdom Peter Meyrick March 761
2011 United States John Delane Tyrrell 002
2012 Spain Joaquin Folch Brabham BT49C

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Masters to run FIA Historic Championships". Masters Historic Racing. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Sporting Regulations for FIA Historic Formula One Championship 2007, retrieved 10 September 2007 

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