GREGOR FISKEN ANNOUNCES 2006 SPONSORSHIP OF THE GENTLEMAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP Gregor Fisken, the London-based dealer in 'fine historic automobiles', has joined forces with The Masters Series -- a collection of four fabulous historic motor...
GREGOR FISKEN ANNOUNCES 2006 SPONSORSHIP OF THE GENTLEMAN DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Gregor Fisken, the London-based dealer in 'fine historic automobiles', has joined forces with The Masters Series -- a collection of four fabulous historic motor racing categories -- as a primary sponsor for the 2006 season.
The deal builds on the company's previous six-year sponsorship of the Gentleman Drivers Series, which has since been bought by, and integrated into, The Masters Series.
"Gentleman Drivers" now runs under the new name of GT and Sports Endurance Masters and it is on this particular category that Gregor Fisken will focus their sponsorship activity -- once again in conjunction with long-term co-sponsors, JCB.
For 2006 the GT and Sports Endurance Masters will visit many of the world's most spectacular racing circuits -- including Spa, Pau and Dijon to name but a few - with a calendar of eleven events, spread between April and October.
The GT and Sports Endurance Masters category will be run under the umbrella of "The Masters Series" and, at the majority of fixtures, will appear alongside the group's three other historic racing divisions:
* Grand Prix Masters
* World Sportscar Masters
* Sports Racing Masters
"The great thing about this new structure," said James Mitchell of Gregor Fisken, "is that in many instances, competitors can bring along a selection of cars and enter two, three or four categories over the weekend, according to how energetic they are feeling!"
Mitchell continued: "We feel that The Masters Series people will do a fabulous job of managing the whole operation and will certainly present historic motor racing in its most professional manner to date, raising its profile and ensuring its ongoing appeal to competitors, fans, sponsors and media alike. Crucially, the focus will remain on the fun, relaxed and social atmosphere that is perhaps the series' greatest strength."
Gregor Fisken, founder and Managing Director of the company that bears his name, added: "We are very proud to continue our relationship with this group of historic motor racers -- many of whom have become firm friends over the years. We'll be doing all we can to enhance the value and experience of their race weekends and hopefully continue to fuel what, for all of us, is a shared-passion."
Gregor himself has an exciting few weeks ahead as he prepares for his second appearance in the famous Sebring 12 Hours -- the opening round of the American Le Mans Series and one of modern sportscar racing's blue-ribbon events.
Gregor cut his racing teeth in historic cars and has now gone on to compete in contemporary Le Mans prototypes. He will race for Highcroft Racing -- an exquisite new outfit formed by his friend and rapid 'peddler' of historic and modern cars alike, Duncan Dayton.
Along with third driver, Rick Knoop they will race the team's LMP1 Lola/AER -- recently campaigned with great success by the Dyson Racing team and formerly a works car for the MG-Lola Le Mans team.
Sebring is notoriously a tough, physically challenging race and Gregor has been doing all he can to ensure his readiness: "I know from my previous experience at Sebring that the combination of the intense Florida sun, the bumpy, twisty nature of the circuit, and the sheer length of the race, that it's imperative to prepare yourself physically and mentally. So I've been working hard in the gym with my trainer and trying to do a bit of heat training in the sauna also. I'll tell you in a couple of weeks if it's made a blind bit of difference!"
The race will take place on Saturday 18th March, in front of a capacity crowd expected to exceed 150,000 spectators.