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A Unique Invitation
15/04/2014

A Unique Invitation
 
Steve Brand introduces our upcoming visit to Brands Hatch GP circuit in the April edition of Safety Fast, here is a sneak preview!
 
Ihave been very busy lately, desperately looking at my family tree and trying toclaim some fame in having connections with Brands Hatch…Sadly, I can’t,although I wouldn’t tell you that! Despite the fact I get no special treatmentat this world famous circuit, it is still one of my favourites. Having onlyever driven the Indy circuit in my MG and once naughtily taking my 50c.c mopedaround the GP track back in the seventies after a Formula 2 race, you canimagine my delight when MGoT were given the opportunity to get on the full GPcircuit in August 2014!This uniqueinvitation was discussed at one of our committee meetings and recalling aconversation over dinner with the ‘V8 group’ at another track day, and theirextreme enthusiasm to try out this fast and undulating circuit, the decision togo ahead was made. Manycircuits around England are subject to noise levels and the opportunity to geton some of them can be quite difficult, however, one lucky chap has managed todo it…Read about his experience on the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
 
BRANDS HATCHGP CIRCUIT
Words byDave Pearce, Chairman, MGoT  
 
\"\"It is for the first time since MGs on Trackhave been in operation we have the fantastic opportunity to drive the full GPcircuit at Brands Hatch on August 14th.We at MGoTregularly run a track day on the Silverstone GP circuit and this is one of ourmost popular events with 86 cars running in two separate sessions. The GPcircuit at Brands Hatch is just as exciting and although it is no longer usedby the Formula 1 fraternity, those of you who (like me) are long in the toothwill remember the days when the British GP alternated between Silverstone andBrands. Our annualDecember track day is on the shorter Brands Hatch Indy circuit, it is a veryexciting place to be and all those who have driven it will have fond memoriesof Paddock Hill bend (blind right hander, dropping steeply downwards with theapex out of sight as you approach it!) and the tight hairpin at Druids. If youlook at the circuit map, you will see how much bigger the full GP circuit is,at a total of 2.5 miles long. The first part of the track as you turn left offthe Indy circuit after Surtees corner is very quick and although it is more orless straight there is a sharp dip at Pilgrim’s Drop where the track goes underthe road bridge. As you approach the bridge it appears at eye level and I foundmyself ducking each time I went under it! A slight rise takes you to the righthand Hawthorn Bend and a short straight to Westfield which is a fast righthander. Another drop down through Dingle Dell and up again, curving to the right,until Dingle Dell corner is reached. It is then a short run to the left handStirling’s corner and a long fast run down to Clearways where you re- join theIndy circuit.In the dry,the GP section is very quick but the day I did it in my MG SVR it was extremelywet and with my limited driving skills, 460 bhp with no traction control I haveto admit that I tip-toed round rather gingerly! We are hoping that our day on14th August this year will bring rather more clement weather… 
The day isbeing organised by our friends at Lotus on Track (L.O.T) and is split into 3sessions of 20 minutes each.  We willhave a dedicated session provided we can get 35 to 40 people booking; otherwisewe may backfill with some of the more compatible Lotus cars. The following weekendis the Lotus Festival so there will be a lot of interesting race cars aroundthe paddock. Let’s fill our paddock with MGs at the track day!
 
To join us at Brands Hatch GP, simply click HERE.
 

 

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