Heritage Touring Cars set for Island Classic return

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Monday 3rd August, 2015 - 5:17pm

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The Heritage Touring Car field will return to the Island Classic in 2016

The Heritage Touring Car field will return to the Island Classic in 2016

The Heritage Touring Cars are set to return to the Phillip Island Classic next March following a one-year hiatus.

The Group A and C machinery was a notable omission from this year’s schedule due to the event’s category rotation policy.

Next year will mark the 27th running of the Island Classic, which is regarded as Australia’s premier historic motorsport meeting.

“We’re delighted to welcome back the Heritage Touring Car owners and drivers to the event next year,” said VHRR President Ian Tate ahead of the March 17-20 event.

“The Phillip Island Classic is a popular event with all classes of car and it’s necessary for us to rotate categories year-on-year as we simply can’t fit them all in every year.

“This year, due to the one-off event at Bathurst, it was Heritage Touring Cars’ turn to miss the Classic but there was never any doubt they would return in 2016.

“The fans really do love seeing these cars out there racing with a wide cross-section of makes and models providing something for everyone to enjoy.”

The HTC added the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and the Bathurst Motor Festival to its schedule this year, but is expected to focus on historic events in 2016.