A new international series for classic race bikes of the 1970s and 1980s has been launched.
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It will bring together three of the most popular four hour races across Europe and provide race classes that will stage a spectacular recreation of the glory days of endurance racing.
The series kicks off on March 24-25 at the Sunday Ride Classic at Le Castellet (Circuit Paul Ricard), France. This is followed on May 12-13 by Endurance Legends 4 Hour at Donington Park, on June 7-8 by German Speedweek at Oschersleben, while a fourth race later in the season is under discussion.
Regulations for four classes of machine have been agreed to reflect the machines currently being raced in classic endurance, and spanning a decade that saw advances starting with Ducati’s bevel-drive twins and ending with Suzuki’s first GSX-R750s.
The classes are: 1968 to 1981, air-cooled four-stroke, air or water-cooled two-strokes, four-valve engines to 1000cc, two-valve engines to 1300cc – original or modified original frames.
1976 to 1984 air-cooled four-stroke, air or water-cooled two-strokes, 1300cc maximum displacement – original, modified original or aftermarket frames. This class is expected to feature big four-cylinder motors.
1973 to 1986 four-cylinder 750cc or twin-cylinder 1000cc machines with air or water-cooling and original frames; no engine tuning is allowed.
And 1976 to 1986, up to 1300cc displacement with air, water or oil-cooling – original, modified original or aftermarket frames. This class will feature full-on race bikes from the mid-eighties.
In addition to the EELC Team Leaderboard, a new EELC Rider Leaderboard will give Pro and Am riders the chance to compete alongside each other even if they ride in the same team.
Darin Frow, co-organiser of Endurance Legends at Donington Park said: “It’s very exciting to be part of the new European Endurance Legend Cup which will see racing through the day and night.”