Nick Padmore To Race Historic Formula One at Spa

16th September 2013

British racing driver, Nick Padmore, has announced he will be racing in the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium this weekend.

Having developed the car throughout the year with owner, Max Smith Hilliard, and the Hampshire-based WDK Motorsport squad, Reigate's Padmore has been given the opportunity to step up to a race seat at this weekends' historic Spa Six Hours meeting.

Photo credit: Mick Herring

The iconic 1976 Williams FW05, originally run by Walter Wolf Racing and raced by motorsport legend, Jacky Ickx, and Italian Arturo Merzario, will be joined by a field of Grand Prix cars, built between 1968 and 1978, for two 25-minute races through Belgium's Ardennes Forest.

Alongside Padmore in the sister WDK Motorsport entry will be Max Smith Hilliard in the 1977 John Player Special Lotus 77 of Gunnar Nilsson, and who also raced the Williams in July's Silverstone Classic.

Nick Padmore:
"I have to say a huge thank you to Max for giving me this fantastic opportunity. It's going to be an amazing feeling to actually be racing a Grand Prix car at my favourite circuit.

"These cars rely on so much driver input and provide such close racing - they are an incredible thrill to drive.

"We've just completed a successful two-day test at Jerez and everyone in the team is prepared and looking forward to this weekend.

"I'm continually impressed with the professionalism and efficiency of WDK Motorsport - together we've really made progress with the cars.

"We should have a solid weekend at Spa and I know everyone will give 110% to take as much as we can and move forward to the next stage."

The Spa meeting comes as Historic Formula One hits the spotlight with the recent release of Ron Howard's movie, Rush, which focuses on the World Championship battle of the 1976 season, and used a selection of the cars that will be raced at Spa during filming.

FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium*

Qualifying: Friday 11.25 - 11.55
Race 1: Saturday 14.55 - 15.20
Race 2: Sunday 14.45 - 15.10


More Races For Padmore At Spa...

Padmore will also be competing in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship race, sharing with Phil Hall in his 1971 Lola T212, at Spa.

The pair have notched up some strong results with the car at selected events over the past three years and are hoping to be at the sharp end throughout the weekend.

Adding to his busy weekend already, Padmore will again team up with his father, Keith, in the 1-hour Masters Touring Cars race with their privately-entered 1965 Mini Cooper S.

Nick Padmore:
"It's going to be a very busy weekend with so much going on but it's what I love and I can't wait to arrive on Tuesday to get set up for it all.

"Phil and I are hopeful we can go on full attack and have a good weekend. The car has a lot of potential and we need to maximise everything we can from it.

"I'm also really looking forward to racing with my Dad again. We were last out in the car at Mallory Park last month and had a great weekend, taking home an overall win.

"We've come a long way with preparing the Mini and there have been some heartaches along the way but now we can see it's all starting to pay off.

"This is an important weekend for me. No doubt there will be challenges to overcome but I'm fully prepared and confident of some strong results."

FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium*

Qualifying: Friday 17.20 - 18.00
Race: Sunday 10.25 - 11.25

Masters Touring Cars: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium*

Qualifying: Friday 09.45 - 10.15
Race: Sunday 12.35 - 13.35

* All times provisional

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