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One More Ticked off the Track-Day Bucket List!
01/11/2014

One More Ticked off the Track-Day Bucket List!

In case you missed the MGoT article in the October Safety Fast! here it is again.
Words by Steve Brand & Stu Dickens
Photos by DerekPartridge  www.inmotionimages.co.uk
 
Steve writes: The day finally arrived, the day many had beenwaiting for, the day MGs on Track visited Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit! Judgingby the smiles on the drivers faces after going out on this superb track, youwould have thought it was a free day at the local brewery…There was afull array of MGs, spread out over the full 2.5 mile GP circuit and when backin the pits, every driver appeared to be holding an exciting conversation onthe ‘new found’ GP track. I think it will certainly be a circuit to visit againin 2015.
It was greatto see our president and founder, Dave Livingstone on track, having travelledsome 300 miles to be there along with one of our other founder members StuDickens. Stu now tells us about the circuit he has waited so long to try…!
 
\"\"Stu\\'s account: It was a tough decision booking this Lotus on Trackinvitation day, double the price of a typical MGoT track-day and also midweek.I fought off the temptation to book for weeks and was only expecting to see afew diehards prepared to splash the cash, but once it was clear we would havemore than a good showing of MG’s and would have a virtually full session I justcould not resist it.The morningstarted bright, the forecast was ominous though, a dry morning but wetafternoon, still we were hopeful for a few dry sessions to feel our way aroundthe unfamiliar GP section,  I canhonestly say for the first time in ages I was feeling a ‘little nervous’(wellbutterflies at least!) Sign on wentsmoothly, the cars prepped for the first session, a show of hands at thebriefing identified those of us who hadn’t driven the GP circuit, it was themajority which made me feel a little easier, we would all be learning together.And so at09:20 our first session began, as per usual behind the safety car for the first3 laps to make sure we all had a feeling for the circuit before the wild horseswere unleashed. First impressions at this steady pace was good, it was a longway around with lots of new challenges (corners) to get right. The safety carpeeled in and we were released, picking up speed along the Brabham straight anddiving into Paddock Hill Bend (one of the bends on my ‘dream’ circuit if Icould make one), through the compression and up to Druids which is heavy on thewheel with the power steering off, then back on the juice to the Graham Hillleft hander and onto Cooper. Now remember to turn LEFT at Surtees!  This is a real tricky corner for the lowerpower (Sub 200hp MG’s), you need to keep your momentum up and carry speed ontothe climb and straight going down to Pilgrims Drop but there is little run offon the right of Surtees and it would be so easy to overcook it here. Picking upspeed you pass under the famous bridge down Hawthorn Hill and into the veryfast Hawthorn Bend, braking hard for Westfield and then winding the power backon to negotiate Dingle Dell and the approach to a blind adverse camber DingleDell corner. A short spurt and down to 2nd for Stirlings bend and then thehammer down and you’re back onto the Indy circuit at Clearways and into theClarke Curve before winding it up for the Brabham straight again. 
 
What acircuit!   Brands Hatch GP is right up there with the best. If you get the chance youreally must drive this amazing GP circuit
 

 

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