More race cars and more participants than ever transformed Bellahoj Park this weekend, to a festive spectacle of classic racing and entertainment for the whole family.
Last weekend thousands of spectators visited Bellahoj Park, and transformed the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix 2016 to a beautiful historic motorsport weekend.
It was the 16th time that the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix was held in Copenhagen, and fourth year that Bellahoj Park hosted the special cultural event where historic motorsport was celebrated as a moving testimony of the past major car brands and unique car models.
Over the weekends two days, all five historic racing series along with Legend Cars and the modern DTC-series, visited the area around the former Animal Show ground that was transformed into a major activities area with major themed motor shows and family-friendly entertainment programs.
Along with several hundred drivers from the historic classes, the largest profiles from home and abroad also visited this year’s event. CHGP Ambassador Tom Kristensen had current AUDI-pilot André Lotterer as a guest at the race in Copenhagen. They were joined by the Danish Le Mans-pilot Jan Magnussen, Michael Christensen, Marco Sørensen, Christoffer Nygaard and Nicki Thiim. And throughout the weekend there were high spirits and enthusiastic driving to the delight of guests and spectators.
One of the event’s highlights is the Royal Pro / Am race, where amateur racers, gets paired up with one of the professional. After two competition heats, this crowd pleasing class in Sunday’s essential finale, was won by Nicolai Sylvest and Jesper Sylvest. The family duo won ahead of another racing family, namely Tom Kristensen and younger brother Jacob Kristensen, while Hans Leerdam and Andreas Rolner was third.
It is also a great wish from the CHGP organization to convey a big thank you for the positive support from the local community as well as the kindness and generosity from the City of Copenhagen. To convert traffic hubs into a modern racetrack with related exhibition areas, family activities and other attractions, can only be achieved with the support and understanding from local authorities, agencies and residents.
We would alos like to thank our many exhibitors for their support for the event and not least the tens of thousands of visitors and spectators who braved the weather, mainly Saturday and thus helped to create the special surroundings for the event.
In the charity event Race for Riget, where it is possible to buy yourself a ride in a large field of extravagant sports cars and race cars with known profiles behind the wheel, we were able to raise 480,000 DKK. The amount was donated fully by equal distribution between the Children and Youth Program at the City Hospital and the Danish Red Cross.
Overall, the Race for Riget has donated more than 2.3 million to charity since 2010.