Legendary racers and brands immortalized in the ´Cathedral of Speed´
Having unveiled their personal bronze plaque in the TT Legends Walk of Fame on Saturday evening, immortalizing MotoGP legends Kevin Schwantz and Randy Mamola in the city of Assen, the former TT-winners entertained thousands of fans at the legendary TT Circuit during the TABAC Classic GP Assen today. Their ultra rare vintage 500 cc Grand Prix motorcyles run by Team Classic Suzuki were part of an event packed with genuine classic racing cars and motorcycles dating from as far back as 1911. Powered by a true classic in men's personal hygiene since 1959, TABAC, the event marked the return of another legendary brand with MV Agusta motorcycles celebrating 35 victories in the 'Cathedral of Speed', launching the exclusive MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR Assen, a world premiere! In between the demonstrations, which included a classic Le Mans start performed by the Dutch Vintage Sports Car Club and an F1 lap record attempt by Dutchman Klaas Zwart in his Jaguar R5 F1, some hard battles were fought in various racing series.
Swiss racing driver Alexander Weiss won the AVD Historic F3 Interseries race from pole position in his Reynard 873 Alfa Novamotor while his countryman Gregor Nick steered his Mini Swiss 24H Special over the line first in the Kampf der Zwerge race. Amanda Hennessy, also from Switzerland, driving an Argo, took a third victory of the weekend in the Youngtimer Touring Car Challenge with German Daniel Schrey taking the remaining two race wins in his Porsche 935 K1. Schrey also won the NK GTCC race for touring cars built between 1966 and 1981. British motorcycle racer Mark Cornshaw took victory in the NK Classics (IHRO) on a Matchless JCRacing 450 classic Grand Prix bike. Ralf Goral from Germany was victorious in the AVD Historic Race Cup FFR / FOR driving an Opel Lotus MKII. The Dutch finally took to the top step of the podium in the Super Sixties race with Allard Kalff and Michiel Campagne, driving a Corvette C2 Grand Sport. Leonard Batenburg was the second and final Dutch winner of the day, taking top honours in the NK HARC 82-90 racing a BMW M3.