This time it’s our Brands Hatch track guide, which forms part of our motorsport series dissecting the country’s top tracks to give you the edge on your next track day.
Established in 1926, Kent’s twisty, rolling countryside thriller has evolved into one – or rather, two – of the most famous race tracks in the world, hosting everything from F1 to British and World Touring Cars. Famous for its changes in elevation and steep cambers, Brands is an extremely technical circuit, with each bend flowing into the next, making your choice of line crucial. Regular resurfacing makes grip levels superb and reasonable run-off areas in many sections allow for the odd off-track excursion.
Holding such status, trackdays can cost a little more, but they’re well worth it – expect to pay anywhere from £139 for a evening on the Indy circuit, up to £325 for the full GP experience. Although sharing several corners with the shorter, more often used, Indy circuit, the full GP circuit is surprisingly different in character with faster lines are more wooded sections. Due to the cost of the respective days, we’re going to focus on the Indy circuit here.
The key highlights are the fast ascending sweeper Clark Curve, which leads onto the undulating flat-out Brabham start/finish straight, and the sweeping Paddock Hill Bend at the other end, that allows excellent overtaking opportunities for the brave.
From there you have a steep climb to the Druids hairpin before dropping steeply into the off-camber left of Graham Hill Bend. Getting your entry to this one right is important as you can maximise your corner exit for the Cooper straight before Surtees and the long McLaren right-hander that leads into Clark Curve.
Brands Hatch is easy to reach from the M25, being less than five miles from J3 on the A20.
Brands Hatch track guide: fast facts
Track length: 1.2 miles (Indy), 2.3 miles (GP)
Corners: 6 (Indy), 11 (GP)
Highlights: Long Clark Curve and balls-out straight that leads into the descending Paddock Hill Bend – one the best sections on any race track in the world!
Price: From £139