Formula One cars returns to Portugal with Estoril Classics
The Classic GP by Portugal Sotheby's Realty brings Formula 1 cars back to the Autódromo do Estoril, where fans can watch cars that have won four world championships and twenty-eight Grand Prix victories evolve on the race track over the three days of the Estoril Classics event.
The top category of motorsport returns to Portugal as part of one of the world's most important classic car racing events, organized by the Cascais Tourism Association and promoted by Race Ready, Peter Auto, and the Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP).
The Classic GP by Portugal Sotheby's Realty will feature sixteen cars, that conqyered betweeen them four world titles (Lotus 78 and Williams FW07B), twenty-eight wins (Lotus 78, Ligier JS11, Williams FW07, and Lotus 91), twenty-three pole positions (Lotus 78, Ligier JS11, and Williams FW07), and sixty-five podium positions.
This impressive list of wins demonstrates the value of the Formula 1 starting grid that will race at the Autódromo do Estoril - the circuit that has hosted the Portuguese Grand Prix in the past. The field will cover thirteen seasons of the FIA's most important championship, with the oldest single-seater being the Surtees TS9 (1971) and the most recent being the Ligier JS21 and the Osella FA1D, both from 1983.
The Lotus 78 and the Williams FW07 will be the most successful cars in the Classic GP by Portugal Sotheby's Realty, helping Mario Andretti (1978) and Alan Jones (1980) win their titles and their teams celebrate the Constructors' title.
But, while watching these machines up close is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all fans who purchase paddock tickets, seeing them compete, pushing the limits of their capabilities, and screaming at the top of their lungs, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed.
Those who remember the era of the Portuguese Grand Prix at the Autódromo do Estoril will never forget Ayrton Senna's incredible qualifying performance in 1985, when he took pole position in a Lotus car bearing the JPS colours. No-one will be expecting a performance like the Brazilian 'Magician', but qualifying for the Classic GP by Sotheby's Realty will be held on Friday afternoon and will be the first opportunity to see the Formula One's cars on action.
As usual, tickets can be purchased through the official Estoril Classics website, and also physically at FNAC, Worten, El Corte Inglês and CTT Correios, being that, as it is public knowledge, the number of tickets is limited to the physical space of the Autódromo do Estoril paddock. Tickets for one day are at 30 euros, while those for the three days of the event cost 50 euros.
There are still some tickets available, but entrance to Grandstand A is free for anyone who does not get the desired access to the paddock.