During the first weekend of August, more race cars, more participants and more spectators than ever before visited Bellahøj Park. Even the Charity event, Race for Riget, set staggering new records with a total of DKK 654.750 donated in full to the Children and Youth Program at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix took place in Copenhagen for the 18th time and for the 6th time, this spectacular cultural event took place at Bellahøj Park as a tribute to historic motorsports. During the two days of the weekend, more than 40.000 spectators visited Bellahøj Park and helped turning Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix into a stunning, historic motorsports weekend.
The record-breaking numer of spectators witnessed a heavy program, including seven historic race classes, show driving and the modern DTC-series. During the breaks, the enormous exhibition area offered exciting activities for all age groups.
More than 250 race drivers had signed up for the historic classes, which was also a new record at the event. Some had travelled from as far away as New Zealand, and they raced alongside the greatest profiles from Denmark and abroad. Ambassador for Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix, Tom Kristensen, had invited former Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill to Copenhagen. They were accompanied by the Danish Le Mans Champion Michael Christensen and the Haas Formula 1-driver Kevin Magnussen, who raced for Charity on Saturday.
True to tradition, one of the highlights of the event was the Royal Pro/Am, where a professional race driver teams up with an amateur driver in his racecar. After a close race on Saturday, the competition ended in a fabulous final Sunday afternoon. In front of thousands of spectators, the professional race starts fought a tremendous fight, which undoubtedly will be labelled the most exciting Pro/Am final ever. After 10 rounds of sublime racing, the ninefold Le Mans Champion Tom Kristensen entered the top of the podium along with Oscar Davidsen Siesbye. The duo won in front of Porsche test driver Lars Kern and Andreas Rolner, while Michael Holden and Martin Berner finished third.
Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix set records in even more than just number of spectators and participants. During the charity event, Race for Charity, where the audience have the opportunity to purchase a ride next to a professional race driver in an extravagant racecar, new records were set, too. Sunday afternoon, Charlotte Blix, leader of the Children and Youth Program at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen Hospital, received a check of no less than DKK, which brings the total donation since 2010 to a staggering DKK 3.6 million.
The successful completion of Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix is based on a huge effort from the several hundreds of volunteers who are involved in the event. The CHGP organization wishes to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all volunteers. Their positivity, enthusiasm and good attitude towards exhibitors and guests is the very foundation of the CHGP. Turning ordinary roads into a temporary racetrack with exhibition/family areas and other attractions is only possible with their tremendous commitment.
CEO of Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix, Jens Peter Lange, says: ”This year, Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix once again experienced progress in both the number of participants, exhibitors and spectators. We are very pleased with this, and we are proud that our ambitions to deliver an action-packed motorsports weekend for the entire family are fulfilled. At the same time, we would like to extend a special thanks to the residents in the area, with whom we maintain a good dialogue in order to strengthen and further develop the relationship. Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix follows all guidelines provided by the Municipality of Copenhagen and other authorities and we look forward to continue the positive teamwork towards an even bigger event in 2019.”