The Dix Mille Tours du Castellet set off again for a new story in ten chapters


It’s a story that lasts. No offense to the contrary winds and currents which have persisted in putting a spoke in his wheels.

Organized behind closed doors in July 2020 between two Covid waves, postponed and then canceled last season due to the travel restrictions then in force between the countries of the Old Continent, the Dix Mille Tours du Castellet are finally coming out of the tunnel. See you this Saturday and Sunday for the new whirlwind start closing the summer break of the Paul Ricard circuit.

In order to celebrate this return to normal with dignity, Peter Auto, the master builder to whom we also owe Le Mans Classic, the Grand Prix de l’Âge d’Or and the Tour Auto, among others, is putting the little dishes in the big ones. No less than ten grids are on the menu for a weekend where around 300 historical gems, Sport-Prototypes, GTs, Tourism, will retrace more than half a century of competition, from the fifties to the 2000s.

Solid pillar of the monument, the Classic Endurance Racing is full, as usual (45 cars in CER 1, 27 in CER 2).

Bringing together the legendary racing cars that wrote some of the finest pages in the world endurance championship between 1982 and 1993, Group C Racing also looks great. After three of the five deadlines of the 2022 calendar (Mugello, Spa and Le Mans), it is the Porsche 962 C of 1990 whipped by the Hyérois Michel Lecourt and his Norman friend Raymond Narac who leads the dance in front of the Jaguar XJR-8 vintage 1987 by Briton Richard Meins.

Notice to fans of vintage mechanics: the first firing is set for this Saturday at 11:35 a.m., with around forty cars on the Endurance Racing Legends grid, including an Audi R8 that finished 3rd at the 2002 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Venturi 400 Trophy for the two star guests of the stage: Jean-Pierre Jarier and Stéphane Ortelli.

Twelve other races will then prolong the trajectory of this bewitching time machine.

Ride youth!

The program

Saturday August 27: qualifications + 5 races from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday August 28: 8 races from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Free admission (general enclosure, stands, car park). Access to paddock and exhibitors’ village: 15 euros per day, 20 euros at weekends (free for children under 16).

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