We were blessed with an utterly spectacular winter weekend over the 12th & 13th of June, with conditions almost living up to the on-track action at the 2021 HSRCA Sydney Classic, honouring the late Ron Tauranac AO. Put the kettle on and take a break for a few minutes to relive the action and enjoy a huge collection of photos from the meeting.
2021 HSRCA Sydney Classic Documentation
In tribute to Ron Tauranac, the HSRCA’s 2021 Sydney Classic will bring a collection of significant Brabham and RALT race cars to Sydney Motorsport Park over June 12-13, in an extraordinary weekend of motor racing.
In addition to celebrating Tauranac’s contribution to motor sport with feature races, parade laps and displays of significant Brabham and RALT race cars, the meeting will feature the iconic Group C and A touring cars of the Heritage Touring Cars series. The magnificent machines of MG Racing Australia and Australian 5 Litre Touring Cars also headline the event alongside many other historic race categories. This will be the HSRCA’s first meeting featuring night racing.
Spectator tickets are available online through Eventbrite and will also be available at the gate on the weekend. Click this link to buy a ticket online in the lead-up for the meeting and ensure quicker access on the day.
Kids 12 and under get in free. Adult tickets are $25 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday. Concession tickets are $20 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday. A evening ticket is available for the night racing on Saturday allowing entry after 4:30pm for $10.
This has turned out to be a most exciting event, which has been managed under two unusual circumstances. We were thrilled to receive an extraordinarily large number of entries, which peaked at over 260. We then had to manage the last-minute advent of the extended Victorian lockdown, which led to a number of last minute withdrawals.
These two factors made for very complex event planning and multiple changes on the fly. As a result, the programme, garage allocations and the like have had to be changed multiple times in a very short space of time to try to accommodate all entrants. We have made every effort to produce the best result possible, but not all entrants may have received their ideal race program slot or garage allotment as a result.
Your understanding of the above is very much appreciated by the race committee.
2021 Sydney Classic Provisional Programme of Events [PDF] Revised 09/06/21 to remove the Group Q & R night race
2021 Sydney Classic Provisional Entry List [PDF] As at Thursday, June 10
2021 Sydney Classic Group C & A Garage Allocation [PDF] Group C & A garages, self-allocated
Self-Scrutiny – Speed [PDF] (For ALL Regularity and Super Sprint Competitors ONLY)
Self-Scrutiny – Race [PDF] (For ALL Race Competitors ONLY)
Statement of Vehicle Compliance [PDF] (For ALL Race Competitors ONLY)
2021 SMSP Media Briefing Document & Map GP Circuit [PDF] (For accredited media)
Friday Practice will be available as usual. It typically commences at 9.00 am
ARDC / SMSP will conduct this practice and online entry is available via Sydney Motorsport Park at this link.
The cost is $163 for HSRCA and ARDC members and $193 for non-members.
Bump in and set up will be on Thursday evening.
The paddock will be available from 5.00pm (due to another event). The skid pan will be available at this time as well. Sometimes it is available earlier.
Please unload your car and remove your trailer to the designated trailer parking areas.
Paddock Layout and Use
A paddock layout map is provided above. Please adhere to this map, particularly in taking up a position on the skid pan.
Also, please assist by parking your tender vehicle and trailer in the designated parking areas: not the paddock.
HSRCA volunteers will be on hand on Thursday evening to assist with paddock management and directions.
Circuit Entry / COVID Regulations
Under COVID regulations, entry to the circuit will be registered.
Sign On Process and Passes
Please bring with you your pre-completed scrutineering and waiver forms (available above). You need to present these to the admin staff in the Hinxman Room, from Friday morning.
At sign on your will receive: a program, tender pass, admission tickets and a small memorial plaque. Please insert your race car number on the tender pass.
The drivers briefing is available above and will be conducted via email and hard copy handouts. This will take the place of the normal driver’s briefing on a Saturday morning (not held due to COVID restrictions).
Garages and Carports
Entries for this event are very strong, the largest in maybe a decade. All garages and carports were allocated on a ‘first in, first served basis’ and were taken quite early on.
Marquee spaces have been provided by the club as well.
Every possible effort is made to allocate spaces based on entrant requests, car categories and the like. However, with such strong entries, not every request can be met.
With so many entrants and other arrangements, quite a few competitors may have ended up with a garage, carport or marquee that they did not elect first on their MSA on line entry. Please check your allocation and if there is an additional payment required, you can do this by direct deposit to HSRCA.
Saturday Morning Entry
If you are not arriving at the circuit until Saturday morning, you will need to proceed promptly to sign on as above.
RaceFuels have filled the tanks for us ahead of our Sydney Classic meeting. The bowsers uphill from race control will be operating throughout the weekend.
Elf Race 102, E85 and 98 RON and are all available on demand. Credit cards are accepted, just follow the instructions on the card reader.
Elf LMS FIA race fuel is available in 50L drums for pre-order delivery. Please contact RaceFuels on (03) 9706 5233 or Mark Tierney 0419 511 517 for more information.
98 RON = $2.20 per litre
E85 = $2.20 per litre
Elf Race 102 = $4.95 per litre
50L Drums of Elf LMS FIA are also available = $8.00 per litre
SMSP Bowser Instructions [PDF]
SMSP Bowser Fuel Types [PDF]
Entry to the 2021 HSRCA Sydney Classic at Sydney Motorsport Park is Now Open!
We’re pleased to announce that entry to the 2021 HSRCA Sydney Classic, to be held over the weekend of June 11 to 13 at Sydney Motorsport Park in honour of the late Ron Tauranac AO, is now open.
All drivers are welcome to the Sydney Classic, which will offer races for all of our usual fifth category vehicles as well as Heritage Touring Cars, Australian 5 Litre Touring Cars and MG Racing Australia. Speed events are also offered for vehicles manufactured up to the 1990s and invited cars deemed compatible with those groups. Private practice will be offered on Friday the 11th of June and will be hosted by the circuit.
Honouring the late Ron Tauranac, the Sydney Classic is set to be the biggest celebration of historic motor sport that Sydney has seen in some years. To recognise Tauranac’s contribution to Australian motor racing, a collection of significant Brabham and RALT race cars will be involved in displays, feature races and parade laps. Amongst these is Sir Jack Brabham’s Tauranac-designed 1966 Formula 1 World Championship BT-19, which has made its way to Sydney with great thanks to Repco.
We are pleased to also welcome the Australian 5 Litre Touring Car Association to an HSRCA meeting for the first time. The association races early V8 Supercars that competed in Australia between 1993 and 2002.
It has been a few years since we were joined by the iconic Group C & A Australian touring cars of the Heritage Touring Cars series and we’re looking forward to seeing them on track again. As we are the awesome MGs of MG Racing Australia, who first raced with us in 2019.
With classic British sports cars able to run in MG Racing by invitation, some Group S entrants may wish to double enter and run with MG Racing as well as Group S. You are most welcome to do so! Please double enter the car in the MG class. Double-entering is subject to spaces available and final approval by MG Racing.
We are thrilled to finally be able to welcome spectators back to our historic race meetings for the first time since COVID-19 entered our lives in 2020 and would greatly appreciate you bringing a few friends along to enjoy the meeting. Remember that all entries receive two free spectator passes, so please do take advantage of that.
Spectator passes are available online, and will be available at the gate each day.
Finally, please note that from the Sydney Classic, the HSRCA will be implementing the refund policy set out in the supplementary regulations by charging the $50 admin fee for any refund due to an approved withdrawal.
Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you again at the Sydney Classic, Jun 11-13 at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Yours in motor sport,
The HSRCA Race Committee.
2021 HSRCA HISTORIC RACE MEETINGS
Autumn Festival – 20 – 21 March, 2021 at Wakefield Park
Sydney Classic – 12 – 13 June, 2021 at Sydney Motorsport Park
Spring Festival – 28 – 29 August at Wakefield Park
Summer Festival – 27 – 28 November at Sydney Motorsport Park
This time next week we’ll be putting the final touches on the cars, packing up race suits, spares and tools and getting ready to head to Sydney Motorsport Park for the 2021 Sydney Classic. There, over 200 competitors will present a colourful cross section of historic racing, including a tribute to Ron Tauranac and his cars.