Club-level bike races are typically quite short in length so the ACU/Sorrymate.com Endurance Championship 3 hour race provides a unique challenge for riders and spectators alike to enjoy. Further action will come from the MotoGrande 600, MotoGrande 1000, Michelin Power Cup 600/1000, Modern Classics, Formula 400 and MiniTwins.
The British Motorcycle Racing Club is one of the best supported bike racing organisations in the country, usually attracting massive entries. The season starts this weekend for 11 of the club’s categories. There will be a plenty of retro action to get excited about with the Two-Stroke GP Series, BMZRC 250 MZ Championship, EDIasia Formula 400 and F1 and F2 Sidecars, with modern bikes competing in the MRO Powerbikes, MRO Clubman 1000 Cup, Team Respro MRO 600, MRO Clubman 600 Cup, MRO Minitwins, BMCRC Rookie Open 600 & 1000. Expect a packed timetable with races coming thick and fast on both days.
The British Touring Car Championship is the UK’s premier four wheeled motorsport series, famed for its close racing, unpredictable results and inevitable contact between its hard charging drivers. The opening round of the 2014 season takes place on the ‘bullring’ Indy circuit, the traditional season starter point for the series, with the layout guaranteeing exciting racing with several passing opportunities. With this being the first round of the year, expect surprise new winners, dramatic racing and thrills and spills as new cars and new drivers take on established heroes such as Andrew Jordan, Jason Plato, Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal in the battle to lay down an early marker for the championship. With unrivalled views from the surrounding areas, spectators will be able to see all the action unfold right in front of them. As well as three races from the BTCC, there will be support from the Ginetta GT Supercup, Renault Clio Cup, Formula Ford, and the young chargers of the Ginetta Junior Championship. Saturday qualifying tickets available for a great family day out at a great price of only £25 per person.
The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship visits Brands Hatch for the first time in 2015 this April where you won’t miss any of the fast and frantic action. Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne scored a record-breaking fourth crown at his home circuit last season and he returns with the PBM Kawasaki team as he strives to make it five title wins. Ryuichi Kiyonari is back for more with the Buildbase BMW team and after a collarbone injury scuppered his chance to take the ‘War for Four’ titles last season the triple Champion is ready to even the score. An international line up including Australian contenders Josh Brookes and Broc Parkes, Italian Vittorio Iannuzzo, Dane Robbin Harms plus MCE BSB race winners Chris Walker, Howie Mainwaring and James Ellison will all be fighting for the wins. Plus former Champions Honda Racing will be back with Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran! The MCE BSB action will be supported by a top-class support bill which includes the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championship and British Motostar.
The Masters Historic Festival returns to Brands Hatch for its traditional Bank Holiday weekend of classic racing action.
The FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship features a packed grid of normally-aspirated Grand Prix cars raced during the 60s, 70 and 80s, including stirring machinery from Williams, McLaren, Lotus, Tyrrell, Arrows and more. The FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars recalls a golden era of endurance racing, featuring some of the most beautiful race machines ever built. Expect to see Lola T70s and Ford GT40s will be bring a flavour of Le Mans to the venue. This year’s event will also feature the Super Touring Car Trophy for machines from 1970 to 1999, including the Super Touring Cars that saw the BTCC surge in popularity in the 1990s, with the cars running exactly as they did in period. On the fabulous Grand Prix Circuit, spectators will be able to see these priceless examples pushed to the limit on a fast and flowing course that has changed little over the years, In addition to support races featuring monstrous sportscars and saloons, a number of other iconic F1 machines across all eras will be on display.
Masters hosts a second event on May Bank Holiday weekend this weekend, with contests on the Indy circuit. Action is headlined by the Super Touring Car Championship, recalling the ’90s glory days of the BTCC. John Cleland is expected to return, 20 years on from his last British Touring Car crown, on a grid featuring Nissans, Peugeots, BMWs, and other star ex-works cars. Further classic action will be added by a Masters ’70s Celebration Race for retro GTs. Classic Formula Fords will race at their spiritual home in a special invitational race, with additional tin top fun provided by the Quaife Motorsport News Saloon Car Championship with Cannons Tin Tops.
The Classic Sports Car Club meeting returns to Brands Hatch this weekend for two days of action with older cars starring on Saturday and modern machines in action on Sunday. The Classic Day is set to feature plenty of cars from motor racing’s golden era, including beautiful tin tops and GTs in the Swinging Sixties series. Other retro categories include heavily-modified Special Saloon and Modsports and the Classic K series which runs to classic-style regulations. The modern day features cult favourite machines from the ’80s and ’90s, including Tin Tops, Modern Classics and Caterham-style machines in the Golden Arts Magnificent Sevens.
No Limits Racing come to Brands with their new racing series for novice and experienced riders, with the emphasis on creating a fun environment for both competitors and spectators. No Limits will also run their own endurance event, offering motorscycle racers a chance to try their hand at longer distance racing. This event will feature an open paddock so feel free to come down and meet the riders and teams.
The British Racing & Sports Car Club was formed in 1946 and has been one of the most influential clubs & main driving forces in domestic motor racing ever since. The BRSCC covers an extensive range of motorsport championships and continues to play an important role with over 20 championships and 40 events annually- the latter comprising a varied mix of single seater, saloon and sports car races for their members.
Tunerfest is a new event focusing on high-end tuning, with hundreds of aftermarket-modified machines set to descend on the venue. Circuit action is headlined by Time Attack, the ultimate on-track test of a car’s performance. Time Attack competitors typically race heavily-modified production cars against the clock, sporting massive rear wings and other outrageous performance parts, whilst older favourites compete in Retro Time Attack. The final moments will recreate the tension of a Grand Prix qualifying session as competitors squeeze every ounce of performance out in a bid to shave a few extra tenths off. Off-track entertainment will be headlined by displays from top car clubs, displaying their top tuning models. Porsches, Ford RS models, VXR-badged Vauxhall, cars from BMW’s MSport division and much more are expected to be present, ensuring there will be plenty for petrolheads to trawl through. Additional attractions include a gymkhana sprint circuit, passenger rides (on-circuit and in MSV’s Toyota GT86 Rally Car), child-friendly entertainment and much more.
The Classic Racing Motorcycle Club was established in 1981 and mostly caters for solos and sidecars manufactured in the period 1945-1972. The friendly, social nature of the paddock has attracted a growing number of competitors and the club has developed a big following of spectators over the past three decades. Every event has packed, bustling grids and action on track from start to finish. This weekend marks a return to Brands Hatch for the club and in addition to great action on the track, spectators are encouraged to take a closer look at the machinery in the paddock as the riders prepare for battle.
The HSCC’s premier Brands Hatch event returns this season with another extravaganza of single seater, saloon and sportscar contests celebrating several decades of car racing. All races will be held on the Grand Prix circuit, recreating the halcyon days of motorsport. This event attracts huge entries of everything from Historic Grand Prix cars and powerful F5000 single-seaters, to classic tin tops. New additions to the line-up for 2015 include the Jaguar Heritage Challenge for pre-’66 E-Types, D-Types, and C-Types, and a World Endurance Championship Revival series. The paddock will be open, allowing spectators to get a closer view of the historic beauties as they’re prepred for track action.
The Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit hosts the big summer bash this July as the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship contenders push for a position in the top six ahead of the Showdown at one of the biggest events of the season. Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne scored a record-breaking fourth crown last season and he returns with the PBM Kawasaki team as he strives to make it five title wins. Ryuichi Kiyonari is back for more with the Buildbase BMW team and after a collarbone injury scuppered his chance to take the ‘War for Four’ titles last season the triple Champion is ready to even the score. An international line up including Australian contenders Josh Brookes and Broc Parkes, Italian Vittorio Iannuzzo, Dane Robbin Harms plus MCE BSB race winners Chris Walker, Howie Mainwaring and James Ellison will all be fighting for the wins. Plus former Champions Honda Racing will be back with Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran! The MCE BSB action will be supported by a top-class support bill which includes the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championship and British Motostar.
BARC will entertain this weekend with a packed line-up of tin-top races on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. The Michelin Clio Series is for machines reminiscent of those used on the BTCC support bill, so keep an eye out for some notoriously close battles. There should also be similarly frenetic action in the Classic Touring Car Championships and teenager-orientated Junior Saloon Car Championship. Additional action will include locally-based BARC-run championships. The paddock will be open to all spectators this weekend, offering you a chance to meet the teams and drivers.
The British GT Championship and Duo BRDC F4 Championship co-headline at this Brands Hatch summer scorcher on the legendary Grand Prix circuit. The British GT Championship is one of the most fiercely contested in the country, with a packed grid of supercars from Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Audi, and BMW. This is one of the championship’s showpiece two-hour races, where seamless pit stops, rapid driver changes and clever strategy are essential to success.
Grand Prix stars of the future will take to the track in the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship single-seater series, with three contests across the weekend. This championship has established itself as the best place for young hopefuls to make the step up from karts, with half of the nominees from the last two years’ McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award coming from the series. Support action will be provided by the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, and Volkswagen Racing Cup.
The British Motorcycle Racing Club is the largest of its type in the UK and will bring host a packed 40-race programme on the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend. In addition to a packed racing programme, many of the motorcyles being exhibited will take part in track parades on both days. The paddock will be open, allowing fans to get a closer look at the bikes as they’re prepared for battle and meet the teams and riders.
The annual celebration of Britain’s charismatic sports car and racing marque returns to Brands Hatch in August for the third year in succession and takes place on the Grand Prix circuit, scene of some of Colin Chapman’s greatest triumphs. Previous events have seen track demonstrations from great Formula 1 cars and rare cars from the factory, whilst there is a carnival atmosphere around the venue with trade stands, club displays, classic cars and even live music! Meanwhile a full racing programme features action from Lotus Cup UK and the Elise Trophy, plus a host of motorsport, much of which has been influenced by the legendary marque.
The BRSCC comes to Kent this August with a line-up of races demonstrating nimble lightweight sportscars, most notably the Caterham, several varieties of which will be in action. Additional action includes fierce tin-top racing and lightweight sports-prototypes in the Excool OSS Championship. The paddock will also be open, offering spectators a chance to get a closer look at the race machines in preparation.
This meeting features a selection of races organised by BARC, including tin tops, single seaters and superkarts. The paddock will also be open, offering fans an opportunity to get closer to the cars as well as meet the teams and drivers.
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The Aston Martin Owners Club celebrates its 80th Anniversary in 2015 with a special race event at Brands Hatch. From classically-modelled sports cars of the 1950s to contemporary GT cars, a diverse selection of machines will be in action. The oldest appearing machines will star in the ’50s Sportscars series, recalling a golden era of motor racing, in which Aston Martin won the Le Mans 24 Hours race with the legendary DBR1. The newest machines compete in the GT4 Cup, for cars running close to British GT-specification. Other racing highlights include the Innes Ireland Cup for pre-66 GT cars, named in honour of the renowned Aston Martin Le Mans racer and Grand Prix winner, and the Equipe GTS, in which cars are run to FIA Appendix K regulations, similar to those used in the 1960s. Aston Martins will have to fight for manufacturer honour in the AMOC Intermarque Championship, where they will battle such names as Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar.
The Dutch Supercar Challenge returns to Brands Hatch this weekend with a diverse array of highly powered sportscars. With multi-class racing including evocative Ferraris and Porsches, this should be one of the most entertaining club weekends of the season. Joining them in the line-up will be a full compliment of UK-based Radical Championships. Spectators can also enjoy an open paddock, allowing them to get a closer look at the machines in race preparation.
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is the UK’s biggest car racing series, featuring highly-modified versions of saloons and hatchbacks seen on the nation’s streets. The BTCC is renowned for ultra-close racing and plenty of incidents between the drivers! This is the final round, and if history is anything to go by, the championship will almost certainly be decided right here on the classic Grand Prix circuit! The 2014 season was one to remember, with 31 cars and 7 former champions taking part. There were many upsets and plenty of controversy as the title fight came down to two men: Colin Turkington and Jason Plato. Now the pair have sensationally joined forces at Team BMR and they’ll be fighting the rest in their new VW CCs. An exciting reshuffle has taken place over the winter, with Andrew Jordan defecting to MG. Sam Tordoff has has joined champion team WSR and will race a BMW 1-Series alongside Touring Car legend Andy Priaulx, and a new Honda Touring Car is expected – it’s building up to be another cracker.
The world-famous festival celebrates its 44th running in 2015 and the list of winners reads like a who’s who of motorsport. Current F1 star Jenson Button is included in this illustrious roll-call, alongside Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine and Anthony Davidson. The Festival was inaugurated soon after the formula was created, which has long been seen as the natural stepping stone from karting into single seaters. Bereft of wings, the cars promote superb racing and the Festival’s ‘winner takes all’ format guarantees great action. This year’s festival will once again shine the spotlight on the Kent-engined variety, following the revival of this tradition last season. The Kent engined cars remain popular as showcased by the Champion of Brands events that have taken place throughout the year, so expect a large entry for the biggest Formula Ford meeting of the year.
The BRDC Formula 4 Winter Series headlines this weekend’s entertainment, with a grid of aspiring single seater stars set to take cente stage. This will be the second running of the series, with drivers from the main championship joining new faces. With four races at Brands Hatch remaining, Will Palmer leads Gaetano Mauro by 12 points. BRDC F4 is the UK’s most competitive single seater series, and has attracted a strong international line-up for 2014, with the main championship won by George Russell. Front runners from the series have beceome finalists in the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, and have gone on to race, and win, in Europe. Each day will see one 20-minute qualifying session and two 20-minute F4 races, meaning a total of four races per weekend. With a prize fund of £10,000 for the top-three finishers, the racing will be hard fought, and as usual with F4, very entertaining! Other series in action this weekend include the MSVT Trackday and Team Trophies for drivers making the step from trackdays to racing. Grid sizes reach capacity levels, with a huge variation of tin tops! Further racing comes from the Victor Meldrew Trophy, an irreverent end-of-season contest for drivers that didn’t quite make Formula 1, and additional single seater action from the annual Formula Vee Festival, for VW-engined single seaters, and the Monoposto championship, which is renowned for huge and varied grids. This event will utilise an open paddock format, allowing fans to meet the teams and drivers as well as get a closer look at the racing machines in preparation.