Brands Hatch – one of the most famous race circuits in the country. Famed for its many unique corners including the daunting ‘downhill Eau Rouge’ that is Paddock Hill Bend, the Kent-based strip of tarmac was once the venue for the British Grand Prix where Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell have tasted success.
To this day it still hosts many a tense Touring Car race, and here are a few classics that have taken place over the years…
1988 – Rouse and Soper’s thrilling Sierra battle
This was a fantastic race that was practically Touring Car perfection, featuring a race-long dice between what several fans will choose as two of the greatest Touring Car drivers – Andy Rouse and Steve Soper – both in what was one of the most famous and popular cars in the sport’s history – the Ford Sierra Cosworth.
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With a handful of drivers seperated by almost nothing in the standings, the 2011 British Touring Car Championship is shaping up nicely with four rounds to go, and the next stop for the series will be to Scotland and Knockhill circuit – a small ribbon of road that offers arguably one of the most exciting events on the calendar as these classic races should prove.
2006, race 2 – Giovanardi’s gutsy defence for Vauxhall’s 100th win
The second race at Knockhill in 2006 was one of the most memorable at the circuit, lead away by the Vauxhall of Fabrizio Giovanardi, both still without a win that year in what was the Italian’s first season. But the way he had to hang onto the lead kept everyone on the edge of their seats…
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Croft is the venue for this weekend’s fifth round of the 2011 British Touring Car Championship, a track that always brings out the attitude in touring car racing and has produced some classic BTCC races over the years…
2006 – Neal and Plato’s day long door-banging thriller:
The 2006 meeting at Croft provided a perfect and somewhat stereotypical British Touring Car weekend of racing. It featured two championship contenders glued together over the weekend and all drivers finding their own ways to pass people throughout Sunday, with a bit of contact being the favourite option to overtake among many.
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