World-famous female racing driver Sabine Schmitz is preparing to make her Silverstone Classic debut at this year’s festival, taking place 26-28 July.

The first woman to taste victory in the Nurburgring 24 Hour race in 1996 and again in ’97, Schmitz, who will be well recognised by BBC Top Gear fans, will be racing a 220mph Porsche 962 as part of two spectacular showdowns for the Group C prototypes which raced at Le Mans in the 1980s.

The Group C races are firmly established among the major highlights at Silverstone Classic, most notably the dramatic dusk race on Saturday evening.

This year’s grid is set to include six Porsche 962s, but it will take a lot to beat Nic Minassain’s debut of the world’s sole surviving Jaguar XJR-14.

This year’s two Group C races have all the ingredients to be the most exciting yet,” said Nick Wigley, Event Director.

We have all the most competitive cars and drivers from previous years, plus the added thrill of Sabine in the 962 and Nic in the incredible XJR-14, which is probably the ultimate Group C racer. The sights and sounds of these fabulous cars racing into the sunset on Saturday evening is going to be very special,” he added.

In keeping with Silverstone Classic’s popular ‘access all areas’ policy, tickets include entrance to all classic car displays, both National and Wing racing paddocks and pit complexes, trackside grandstands, live music and a host of entertainment for all ages.

Full details can be found on the official silverstone classic website.