An extract on #motorsport
Some of the most famous events are the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival in Britain and Monterey Historic in the United States. Championships range from "grass root" Austin Seven racing to the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship for classic Formula One chassis.
While there are several professional teams and drivers in historical racing, this branch of motorsport tends to be contested by wealthy car owners and is thus more amateur and laid back in its approach. One advantage of historical motorsport is that once a series for a particular category is introduced, it helps to increase the value of its competing cars, sometimes approaching the million dollar mark, therefore as a result, many of these are carefully driven by its owners and are occasionally used to bring in spectators.
Classic Endurance Racing
Historic Formula One Championship
Orwell SuperSports Cup
Historic Ferrari Challenge (formerly Historic Ferrari Maserati Challenge)
GLPpro.de Historic Regularity Racing on Race Tracks
Classic Endurance Racing (CER)
Masters Historic Racing
Motor Racing Legends (MRL)
Historic Grand Prix Cars Association (HGPCA)
Group C Racing Series (formerly Group C GTP Racing)
Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC)
Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC)
Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR)
Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA)
Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA)
Historic Sports and Racing Car Association (HSRCA)
Ravaglia Motorsport began competing in the Superproduction class of the European Super Touring Championship in 2001 as BMW Team Germany with Peter Kox and Norman Simon as drivers, with Kox winning the class.
In 2002, they competed in the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) as BMW Team Spain with Jordi Gen and Fabrizio de Simone as drivers. In 2003, they became BMW Team Italy-Spain and had Antonio Garca and Fabrizio Giovanardi as drivers, with Alex Zanardi driving a third car at the season finale in Monza, using special controls following his serious accident in 2001 in which he lost both his legs. Zanardi replaced Giovanardi full-time in 2004.
In 2005, the ETCC became the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and Ravaglia Motorsport changed their name to ROAL Motorsport. Zanardi also won the Italian Superturismo Championship in 2005 for the team, and finished third in the first edition of the European Touring Car Cup.
Garcia left the team at the end of 2005 to pursue a career in sports car racing, and was replaced by fellow Spaniard Marcel Costa. Costa was disappointing though and was replaced by Duncan Huisman during the season. The team gave GP2 Series racer Flix Porteiro a drive in the ETC Cup and he impressed enough to get a drive in the WTCC for 2007.
In 2008, ROAL Motorsport began development of a competition M3 E90 for the Superstars Series, with Luca Rangoni as driver. For 2009, Porteiro was replaced by 2008 Independent's champion Sergio Hernndez in the team, while in the Superstars Series, Rangoni was replaced by reigning Champion Gianni Morbidelli.
After leaving the WTCC in 2010, ROAL returned to WTCC in 2011 with Dutch driver Tom Coronel who last drove for BMW in the European Touring Car Championship.