The History of Sports Car Racing Part 2: Sports Car Racing in the 21st Century

Cover Image by David Merrett on Flickr

Ahead of the resumption of motorsport worldwide, we have decided to look back at the rich history of Sports Car Racing. Part 2 of this short series will look at top-level Sports Car Racing in the 21st Century.

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The History of Sports Car Racing Part 1: Sports Car Racing in the 20th Century

Cover image by Chris Game on Flickr

Ahead of the resumption of motorsport worldwide, we have decided to look back at the rich history of Sports Car Racing. Part 1 of this short series will look at top-level Sports Car Racing in the 20th Century and will place focus on the events in the 1990s, which laid the foundations for Sports Car Racing today.

Early Days (1920-30s)

In the 1920s, Sports Car and Grand Prix motor races effectively used the same machinery, with both forms of racing sporting closed wheel cars with 2 seats; the Second Seat was often used for mechanics (in modern sports car racing, regulations still require room for a second seat in the cockpit, although this space is often used for electronics).

1923 saw the running of the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans, on a 17.26 kilometer long circuit that was laid out along public roads.

This practice of the same cars being used across Sports Car and Grand Prix series continued until the early 1930s, when specialisation began to creep into both categories, with a notable example of this being the Alfa Romeo Tipo A, the very first Single Seater racing car.

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