The Dutch Grand Prix offered the best background for celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of one among Method 1’s hottest groups, Hesketh Racing.
In 1975, Briton James Hunt gave the “largest little racing workforce on the planet” its first and solely F1 World Championship victory on the Zandvoort circuit. To commemorate this occasion, GPX Historic entrusted Jenson Button, one other British world champion, with its Cosworth-powered Hesketh 308 to do a number of laps of the monitor which winds across the sand dunes edging the North Sea.
“We’re actually delighted to have been capable of give the Zandvoort spectators—and thousands and thousands of TV viewers—these few laps on Sunday as a curtain-raiser to the Grand Prix,” exulted Pierre-Brice Mena, GPX Historic workforce principal. “Our Hesketh 308 by no means missed a beat and Jenson Button underlined the very fact on Sky Sports activities F1 that he had a wonderful time behind the wheel.”
“It nonetheless blows my thoughts that they raced these automobiles round this circuit when it was loads narrower,” Button exclaimed. “Having the chance to drive Hunt’s Zandvoort-winning automotive [here] was fairly distinctive. To assume that James took this automotive to victory spherical right here, being chased by two Ferraris…
“For me this was such an epic time in F1, a time when a small workforce like Hesketh may take it to the large boys.”
“The noise of the engine was gorgeous,” Button continued. “[The team] mentioned, ‘Shift at 9, you’ll be all good’. It was positively an attention-grabbing expertise.”
The department of GP Excessive’s group specializing in historic racing had already taken half within the GP weekend actions guests within the Fan Zone in a position to take a look at the Hesketh 308 in addition to two Shadows, a DN5 and DN8, Fittipaldi F8, Amon AF1, Maki F101, Arrows A3, Surtees TS9B and ATS HS1.
GPX Historic might be current at Goodwood on September 17-18 in addition to the second version of the Dubai GP Revival to be held on November 25-27 by Gulf Historic, one other department of GP Excessive. The most important Center East motorsports occasion will host, along with the Seventies F1 automobiles, sports activities automobiles from the Eighties, GTs and prototypes from the Nineties and 2000s, in addition to an indication of Nineties F1s.
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