Track Info

BRAND HATCH
GERHARD BERGER ONCE SAID THAT BRANDS HATCH IS "THE BEST CIRCUIT IN THE WORLD". PADDOCK HILL BEND IS A RENOWNED CORNER.
Circuit Information

BRAND HATCH

  • CIRCUIT LENGTH: 1.55 MILES
  • LOCATION: ANGLESEY, ENGLAND
  • FIRST OPENED: 1989
  • DRIVE THIS CIRCUIT FOR: AMAZING COASTAL VIEWS WHILE EXPERIENCING THE CORKSCREW SEGMANT.
History

BRANDS HATCH WAS ORIGINALLY USED AS A MILITARY TRAINING GROUND, THE FIELDS BELONGING TO BRANDS FARM WERE FIRST USED AS A CIRCUIT BY A GROUP OF GRAVESEND CYCLISTS LED BY RON ARGENT. BY 1950 HOWEVER, FOLLOWING WORLD WAR II, CINDERS WERE LAID ON THE TRACK AND THE 500 CLUB (FOR 500CC FORMULA 3 CARS) MANAGED TO PERSUADE JOE FRANCIS, THAT THE FUTURE FOR HIS STADIUM LAY IN CAR AND MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACING. THE GROUP BEHIND 500 CLUB, TOGETHER WITH THE OWNERS, INVESTED THE SUM OF £17,000 ON A TARMAC SURFACE AND ON 16 APRIL 1950, THE OPENING MEETING WAS SCHEDULED FOR THE FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT POST-WAR RACING CIRCUIT IN ENGLAND. BRANDS HATCH NOW OFFERS TWO LAYOUT CONFIGURATIONS. THE SHORTER "INDY CIRCUIT" 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 (2.433 MILES) PLAYED HOST TO FORMULA ONE RACING, INCLUDING EVENTS SUCH AS JO SIFFERT'S DUEL WITH CHRIS AMONIN 1968 AND FUTURE WORLD CHAMPION NIGEL MANSELL'S FIRST WIN IN 1985. NOISE RESTRICTIONS AND THE PROXIMITY OF THE GRAND PRIX LOOP TO LOCAL RESIDENTS 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 THE BTCC AND THE BSB).

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Brands Hatch Circuit
Fawkham
Longfield
Kent, UK
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