Brands Hatch, Kent, UK

Brands Hatch, Kent, UK

Starting out as a dirt track for bikes on farmland in Kent, Brands Hatch has seen some spectacular action from some even more spectacular F1 heroes. The circuit oozes with class act names like Hill, Surtees, Clark, Brabham and Hawthorn bestowed on different features of the track, showing its roots for F1 hosting the British Grand Prix for 21 years from the mid ’60s. Bruce McLaren also won the race of Champions in his own car here in 1968.

The circuit has two configurations, the longer 3.7km one being used for Grand Prix meets and the shorter 1.9km Indy circuit being used for smaller fry stuff. Normally run clockwise, for some reason those piloting two wheels around the circuit were allowed to hold races in the opposite direction. The highlight for me is the sweeping uphill run into the tight Druids Bend hairpin with plenty opportunity for being last on the brakes, or first in the tyres.

http://www.brands-hatch.co.uk/

By Phil Clark

Starting out as a dirt track for bikes on farmland in Kent, Brands Hatch has seen some spectacular action from some even more spectacular F1 heroes. The circuit oozes with class act names like Hill, Surtees, Clark, Brabham and Hawthorn bestowed on different features of the track, showing its roots for F1 hosting the British Grand Prix for 21 years from the mid ’60s. Bruce McLaren also won the race of Champions in his own car here in 1968.

The circuit has two configurations, the longer 3.7km one being used for Grand Prix meets and the shorter 1.9km Indy circuit being used for smaller fry stuff. Normally run clockwise, for some reason those piloting two wheels around the circuit were allowed to hold races in the opposite direction. The highlight for me is the sweeping uphill run into the tight Druids Bend hairpin with plenty opportunity for being last on the brakes, or first in the tyres.

http://www.brands-hatch.co.uk/

By Phil Clark

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