On Sunday (21 May) the first full scale Interserie Championship in Britain was held at Silverstone Race Course in Northamptonshire.
SV Cars lining up before race
CU W. Kauhsen (11) of Germany
CU Car No. 1 - Leo Kinnunon of Finland
Flag down start of first race and cars away
SV Car No.1 past camera and away
SV Car No. 53 past - crowd watches (2 shots)
SV Car No.1 past followed by car No.50 (2 shots)
SV Other care past
SV Car No.11 into pits with damaged rear wing
SV Another car pulling away from pits
SV Car No. 50 past finishing post in first race - and driver Willie Green of Britain out of car
SV Cars past in second race (3 shots)
SV Car No.1 - Kinnunen past finish line followed by others
SV Kinnunen presented with garland
SV Kinnuner congratulated by Green
SV Kinnunen presented with trophy
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Background: On Sunday (21 May) the first full scale Interserie Championship in Britain was held at Silverstone Race Course in Northamptonshire. The Interserie races are the European equivalent of the Can-Am races held on North America. The only limitation for cars competing in this class race is that they have an engine size of over two-and-a-half litres.
The Silverstone circuit is a Grand Prix type course where cars in the Super Sport class can reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour. The race was in two parts, each being 100 miles long.
The winner of the first part of the race was Willie Green of Great Britain in a Ferrari. Leo Kinnunen, also known as the "Flying Finn", was second in a Porsche. Kinnunen had led most of the first part of the race, but had to give up the lead when he was delayed in the pits with a bad tyre. Kinnunen came back to finish first in the second part of the race, and to win the overall honours, when Green failed to finish in the top three. This win gives Kinnunen a chance at this years competition for the Interserie Championship. He won the title last year.
The next race of the Interserie Championships is scheduled to be held in Austria in July.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday the first Interserie Championship race in Britain was held at Silverstone Race Course.
This race drew some of Europe's best drivers: Willi Kauhsen of Germany, and last year's Interserie Champion, Leo Kinnunen of Finland.
Kinnunen was an early leader of this two-part race. Each part being one hundred miles along.
Kinnunen was holding his lead, but Willis Green of Britain was keeping pressure on him....These cars are the largest raced in Europe. and reached speeds on this course of over two-hundred miles per hour.
The pits saw much activity in this race. It was here that Kinnunen gave up the lead while his crew lost precious seconds working on a damaged tyre.
So Willis Green in his Ferrari crossed the finish line first. Kinnunen made up some of the lost time, but could only place second in this part of the race.
In the second past, Kinnunen again took an early lead. He was determined not to give up the lead as he was forced to do in the first race.
Kinnunen in his Porsche led the filed across the finish. Willie Green, who won the first race, could place no better than fourth in the second. So, Kinnunen was the overall winner of the competition. This win gives him a chance to repeat his last year's win of the Interserie title.
Green, who took second honours, congratulated the race winner. The next competition of the Intereserie Championships is scheduled to be held in Austria in July.