Classic Endurance: When Are The 2018 Races?
Posted: 8th December 2017
European Endurance Legends Cup to offer three or more races – Spa and Classic Bol to be stand alone races - Different rules for different race series – Awaiting final confirmation
We have no idea what's going on, but here's where we think we are with the classic endurance races in 2018.
Classic Endurance 2018
Sunday Ride Classic
24/25 March - Circuit Paul Ricard, France (Legends Rules) - www.sundayrideclassic.com
A season-opening trip to the Mediterranean coast, with the full mix of classic racing attractions.
Donington Park Endurance Legends
12/13 May - Donington Park, UK (Legends Rules) - www.endurancelegends.co.uk
Building on the success of last year's race, with a grid mixing the best of the European teams with the best of British.
7/8 June - Oschersleben Motopark, Germany (Legends Rules) - www.german-speedweek.de
Held on the same weekend as the FIM EWC 8 Hour 'modern' world endurance race, part of German Speedweek.
Spa Bikers Classic
29 June/1 July - Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (Evo Rules) - www.bikersclassics.be
Last year's European Classic Series centrepiece will feature more modern bikes in 2018.
Bol d'Or Classic
14-16 September - Circuit Paul Ricard, France (Evo-ish Rules) - www.boldorclassic.com/
Classes for models manufactured between 1960 and 1983 and from 1984 to 1991.
Part of the FIM EWC Bol d'Or 24 Hour world endurance weekend.
A series of races for older bikes (air-cooled up to 1984, liquid cooled up to 1986) is expected to be confirmed in the new year, with races at Le Castellet in France, Donington in the UK and Oschersleben in Germany, with rumours of an additional race being discussed. These races look likely to see a similar mix of bike to those that competed at Donington last year.
The European Classic Series have introduced news rules (basically an Evo class for up to 1991 machines). The only race running to these rules we can see at the moment is the Spa Bikers Classic in late June / early July. This race is expected to attract a field of ZXR750 era machines.
Still missing in action are the Imola 4 Hour and Aragon 4 Hour races that ran last year.
And then there's Classic Bol, which we think will run to Evo rules similar to those that will be used at Spa. Last year there was very little cross over between the Classic Bol and the other races.
There'll be some great Classic Endurance racing next year, we just wish we could confirm where it'll be and who'll be on track...German Speedweek 2017