photo credit Keith Lewcock Silverstone 2018
2300 Club member Paul Tattersall will be rubbing shoulders with some of Formula One’s greatest drivers next weekend.
That’s because Paul has been invited to compete in the prestigious Grand Prix de Monaco Historique with his Ensign F1 car.
Organised every two years by the AC Monaco, it takes place on the same street circuit as the F1 Grand Prix and features famous cars from the 1930s up to 1990.
Paul is entered in the Gilles Villeneuve Race – race G – in his ex-Derek Daly, Patrick Gaillardia, Marc Surer Ensign N179. Daly contested the 1979 Monaco GP in the same car.
“It’s always an honour to be invited. To get the chance to drive the most famous racing circuit in the world is definitely not to be missed,” said Paul, who competed in the 2018 event.
“Scrutineering is on Wednesday and Thursday, then I have to actually get in the car and drive it. I’m in some trepidation about that part, but I’ll be fine once I’m strapped in!”
Discovered in the basement garage of a New York apartment block in the early 1990s, the car was rebuilt and raced in the FIA Thoroughbred GP Championship and the FIA Masters series.
The highly original car has been immaculately restored again to the specification and colour scheme in which it appeared in Monaco in 1979.
And the Ensign will be flying the flag for Lancashire Motorsport come race day on Sunday, thanks to a distinctive 2300 Club of Blackburn decals on each flank.
“It will remind me of home when I’m in the pitlane at Monte Carlo – and I’m sure they’ll make all the difference!, “ jokes Paul.
The 18 lap race, which brings the curtain down on race weekend, features 20 F1 cars from the 1977-80 era.
Other competitors include French ex-F3000 driver Alain Ferte and Swiss former F1 pilot Jean Denis Deletraz.
For more information visit: www.acm.mc
By Neil Johnson