Needell to go back to his roots at Silverstone


Former F1 driver and broadcaster Tiff Needell will race the Lotus 69F that launched his career at this year’s Silverstone Classic from 26-28 July.

Needell said: “I won [the car] in a competition in Autosport magazine in 1971 – without that I’d probably never have been a racing driver and, as a special Christmas present to myself, I bought it back six months ago.

“It’s been almost exactly 40 years since the two of us last raced together at Silverstone in 1973.

“So much has happened since then and not least to the circuit layout, which is almost unrecognisable now. That said, it’s still going to be pretty flat-out with lots of great slipstreaming battles, just as it was back then.”

The Formula Ford single-seater race will feature a record-breaking 54 cars – the first time the event has attracted a grid of more than 50 entrants.

Needell will race on both Saturday and Sunday at the event that promises a packed 24-race programme, which we previewed earlier.

Find out more on the Silverstone Classic powered by the AA website.


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