Dix Mille Tours du Castellet 2019

For two days (19 – 20 October) the Paul Ricard circuit hosted the Dix Mille Tours, the last round of the Series by Peter Auto. This timeless meeting paid homage the halcyon days of motor sport with more than 350 historic cars in action on the track, a record for the tenth staging of this event that brought down the curtain on the 2019 season. A look-back at an unforgettable weekend’s racing – after all: “all good things come to an end!”

On Thursday 17th October the first competitors and their cars arrived at the circuit on a day dedicated to scrutineering, an obligatory step for drivers and their vehicles. The entrants had to show their licences and driving equipment to be allowed to race. The cars were given a thorough examination by the scrutineers. The aim? Check that their PTH (Technical Historic passport) that allows a vehicle to take part in an event for historic racing cars complied in every respect. Once it’s passed, the battle could begin!

Chasing points on the 2.0L Cup and CER1 grids

There was a lot at stake in this weekend’s races for some drivers for whom it was the last opportunity to score points in the season’s overall general classification. For example, in the 2.0L Cup field Andrew Smith-Olivier Bryant (2nd in the classification) were dead heating with Richard Cook-Harvey Stanley (3rd) in terms of the number of points – 164. Car #64 (Andrew Smith-Olivier Bryant) scored their place thanks to second position in the event in the Dix Mille Tours.

In Classic Endurance Racing 1 grid, the battle for first place in the general classification for the season raged between Claudio Roddaro’s Porsche 917 and Toni Seiler’s Lola T70 who started the Dix Mille Tours only six points apart: a rivalry that dates back to the late 1960s when the two cars battled for victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans! Just like at the time, the Porsche 917 is the big winner of the season. A Lola (# 79) did nevertheless save the honor by winning the Dix Mille Tours race.

The best moments of the Dix Mille Tours will be shown on a TV program hosted by Mylène during the week on the Peter Auto YouTube channel.