A Formula Junior racer is displayed on the poster for this year’s Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix, where the historical class has reached a participation record, and a 3-double Le Mans winner is included.
As it has become a tradition, Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix has prepared a poster that will capture the essence of the historic motorsport weekend, held in Copenhagen on August 3rd and 4th, in one narrative image. The motif is both involved and helps to set the framework for the classic motor race at Bellahøj Park.
The Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix was first run in 1996, and just as the sound of the historic racing engines in the streets of Copenhagen has become a symbol of the event, the “CHGP Poster of the Year” is a visual reference to the content of the summer’s big event. Over the years, the CHGP poster has portrayed many different motives. The historical racecars are a recurring theme, and while some posters have just had a single racing car as a supporting motif, most posters are designed with a main motif supplemented by other additional motives.
This year, the illustration is portrayed with a single Formula Junior racecar as a direct tribute to the historical class, which in 2019 sets the participant record for Copenhagen Historic Grand prix. Formula Junior was created in the years after World War II and was a showcase for Formula 1 with lower budgets and thus a more popular entry to the sport. The philosophy was a competitive up-and-coming class, where young, ambitious racers could show their talent in a direct battle of abilities and not finances. In the postwar period, that was exactly what international motorsport had been longing for. In the first years after World War II, racing was basically practiced in almost anything that had survived the devastation of war. In the mid-1950s, an Italian count named Johnny Lurani introduced the Junior Class as a cheap showcase for Formula 1. Formula Junior became an instant success for the best racers on their way to Formula 1. Names like Jim Clark, John Surtes, Jochen Rindt, Mike Spencer, Graf Wolfgang Von Trips, Gerhard Mitter and Lorenzo Bandini have all been driving thrilling races in Formula Junior.
True to tradition, the participant list in this year’s Formula Junior class is extremely diverse, and the drivers come as far away from home as New Zealand and Australia. One of the foreign participant names is Marco Werner. Among the Danish motorsports fans, the German race driver is remembered mostly for his victory at Le Mans in 2005 together with Tom Kristensen and Finnish JJ Lehto. A total of three times, Marco Werner stood at the top of the Le Mans victory podium, because the 2005 victory was followed by further triumphs in 2006 and 2007 – though without Tom Kristensen in the car. Marco Werner last visited the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix in 2014, where the triple Le Mans winner was starting in the audience-friendly Royal Pro / Am race, where also the race patron His Royal Highness Prince Joachim participates in his historic Lotus Cortina.
In 2019, it is not Royal Pro / Am that has attracted Marco Werner, but the Formula Junior class, where the German is starting in a Lotus 22. Lotus 22 was built in 1962 as a fierce upgrade of a Lotus 20. The biggest difference was the use of a more modern and efficient disc brake system, another and more powerful efficient suspension as well as lubrication in the engine, which could thus be placed lower, which improved the center of gravity of the racer. Lotus 22 was an instant success, and in the hands of factory driver Peter Arundell, it won more than two-thirds of all races in the 1962 season of the FIA Formula Junior European Championship.
In addition to Formula Junior, the audience at CHGP can experience a larger number of historical racing classes along with the entertaining OK Mobile 1 Legends Car Cup and the modern OK Mobile 1 Super GT series. In addition, the charity event Race for Riget, which is one hour of action both Saturday and Sunday, where the audience can buy a ride as a passenger in a super sports car. There will be motor racing from morning to evening, both Saturday and Sunday and Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix also offers a large activities and family area with exhibitions and food stalls.