Herbert headlines Historic Formula 1 entry list for British GP

Johnny Herbert, driving an Ensign, heads the entry for the Masters FIA Historic Formula 1 Championship races supporting the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next month

Herbert headlines Historic Formula 1 entry list for British GP

Herbert, who won the British Grand Prix in 1995, will be in a field of more than 20 F1 cars from the '70s and early '80s, and will be at the wheel of an Ensign N180B that has not been raced for 36 years.

Owned and run by former Force India F1 team manager Bob Fernley, the ex-Marc Surer car has not raced since it was used by the late Jim Crawford as a Can-Am car in 1983.

Fearnley took the car over from the works Ensign team for '82 after Surer had raced it in '81.

It won the British Formula One Championship before being converted into a Cam-Am car for Crawford to race in America in 1983.

"We were like the Ensign B team," said Fernley, who ran the car with Bob Howlings under the AMCO banner.

"It's been in boxes ever since the end of 1983 and we started rebuilding it some time ago.

"It's back in [its] 1982 livery as a tribute to Jim as he was a very good friend.

"We just wanted to get it racing again, and getting it up and running was the first objective. It's a big step going back 35 years."

Among Herbert's rivals will be Masters regulars Steve Hartley (McLaren MP4/1), Katsu Kubota (Lotus 91) and Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011).

Another former GP driver, Jean-Denis Delétraz, will drive an ATS D4, with his son Louis competing in Formula 2 on the same weekend.

Another star driver joining the grid is Australian former Indycar driver James Davison, the grandson of four-time Australian GP winner Lex.

He will race Andrew Beaumont's Essex-liveried Lotus 81 in the pair of 25-minute races.

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