Tony Gilham
Team Hard

Brands Hatch GP

Brands Hatch GP

20-21 October


Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG
Tel: 01474 872331
Website: http://www.brandshatch.co.uk
Length: 2.30 miles
Number of laps: 15
Distance: 34.50 miles

Brands Hatch is located in Kent. First used as a dirt track motorcycle circuit on farmland, it hosted 12 runnings of the British Grand Prix between 1964 and 1986 and currently holds many British and international racing events. The name of the circuit may derive from the Gaelic Brondehach (bron meaning “wooded slope” and hach meaning “forest entrance”).

Brands Hatch offers two layout configurations: the shorter ‘Indy’ layout (1.198 miles) is located entirely within a natural amphitheatre offering spectators views of almost all of the shorter configuration from wherever they watch.

The longer ‘Grand Prix’ layout (2.301 miles) played host to some spectacular Formula One racing over the years; events such as Jo Siffert’s duel with Chris Amon in 1968 and future World Champion Nigel Mansell’s first win in 1985. Noise restrictions and the proximity of local residents to the Grand Prix loop mean that the number of race meetings held on the extended circuit are limited to just a few per year (usually for higher-profile series such as A1 Grand Prix and the WTCC).

The Brands Hatch circuit is very famous and combines tight corners with hills and dips. The natural contours make the track a challenge to drive but is a wonderful spectacle.
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