So what does a 73-year-old winner of five Grand Prizes do to keep himself amused? Travelling around Europe to broadcast in modern GT races, that$0027s what happens. And this weekend, 1981 British Grand Prix winner John Watson returns to Silverstone for the Blancpain GT Endurance Series.
“I enjoy broadcasting and it keeps me involved,” says `Wattie. “I$0027m a senior citizen, but it$0027s fun working with younger people, and it makes me get up and go out.
The Blancpain pan-European series offers two codes for the popular GT3 category: one in sprint format, as presented at Brands Hatch last weekend, and another for three-hour endurance races, as seen at Silverstone. The highlight of the series is the 24 Hour Spa on July 27-28. Led by the Stephane Ratel Organisation, which also organises the British GT, it takes care of everything: the 45-50 GT3 supersport grids fight in three categories, driven by racing professionals, wealthy amateurs and everyone in between.
Wattie certainly sees the attraction for professionals. “Single-seaters are very difficult because of the money,” she says. “If I had started again, as I did in 1970 in Formula 2, I would not have been able to afford it. Blancpain has many professionals who have reached the threshold, but still want to compete and make a living.