RAC Tourist Trophy
The International Tourist Trophy is an award given by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) and awarded semi-annually to the winners of a selected motor racing event each year in the United Kingdom. It was first awarded in 1905 and continues to be awarded to this day, making it the longest lasting continually-awarded trophy in motorsports. Tourist Trophy events have been part of major national and international racing series, including the World Sportscar Championship, World Touring Car Championship, European Touring Car Championship, FIA GT Championship, and British Touring Car Championship. It has been awarded to races within a championship, and as a standalone event on various occasions. In 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2004, the Tourist Trophy was awarded to the winner(s) of the British GT Championship, but it isn't clear if the RAC considers these to be official as they aren't in line with every other year where it was awarded based on a single race. From 2013, It was announced that the Tourist Trophy would be awarded as part of the 6 Hours of Silverstone in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the first time it has been awarded as part of a sportscar world championship since 1964.
|Number of times held||65|
|Circuit length||5.901 km (3.667 mi)|
|Last race (2016)|
The trophy has been contested at various circuits over the years, with the types of cars running varying from Grand Prix cars to touring cars and sports cars. In some years the race was run on a handicap basis which explains some of the wins by small-engined cars such as MGs, Rileys and DB-Panhard.
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