The Birkett Six Hour Relay Race
The UK's largest annual motor race is provisionally marked to return on October 22nd 2016. Offering six hours of unbeatable racing on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in a relay format, most Birkett races see capacity grids of 70 teams, so don't miss out this year, submit your team entry early and be part of one of motorsport's longest-running traditions.
About the Birkett
The culmination of the Club Racing season, this unique event has a concept and a tradition all of its own – a little bit of end of season fun to many but also a challenge to the competitive instincts of many racing drivers and the strategic wiles of a few team managers!
Dating back to 1951, the race was the brainchild of one of the 750 Motor Club’s founder members – Holland "Holly" Birkett. Following his death the event was subsequently renamed in honour of the Club President. 2014 will represent the 63rd anniversary of the 6 hour race event and, just to confuse things, the 64th Birkett event – the 50th anniversary was celebrated with an extra one–off 12 Hour Birkett race!
The race is held today on the Silverstone GP circuit and as a result can accommodate up to 70 teams of between 4 and 6 drivers and cars competing in a unique relay race format. Each team has to lap the circuit as many times as they can within the six hours, with only one of their team cars running at any one time. As one comes into the pit lane, the next can be dispatched out onto the circuit. Entry is restricted to sports and saloon cars; this means an eclectic mix of vehicles can be on track, everything from 1960’s MG Midgets to BMW M3’s, hordes of Caterham derivatives and modern sports racing cars such as Radical's.
The event is really two events in one. In addition to trying to win outright by recording the highest number of laps there is also a handicap classification, which in theory could be won by any of the teams. Each team, unless in scratch position, is credited with a certain number of credit laps, presumed to have been run before the race started. The results are then calculated from the credit laps and the actual laps covered by each team in the 6 hours to see who has beaten the rest…and the handicapper! In addition wto overall scratch and handicap awards, there are a number of class prize to ensure all teams have a chance of silverware!