Motorcycle Track Guide: Brands Hatch GP

Niall's apex-by-apex guide to arguably the greatest racetrack in the UK. Druids will never be the same again...

Posted: 21 July 2010
by Niall Mackenzie

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It may have lost its World Superbike round but make no mistake, the Brands Hatch GP circuit is still one of the best racetracks in the world. I’ve had the privilege of racing or riding every major circuit on the planet and, as a special riding experience, Brands is up there with the best.

There is nothing quite like diving through Paddock Hill bend or plunging down Pilgrim’s Drop, where you can actually feel the drop in temperature and smell the surrounding woodland. Climbing back up the other side, blind corners add to the excitement before it all opens out again as you enter the ultra-fast section onto the curved start/finish straight.

Special days at Brands for me include clinching my second and third British Superbike titles and passing OCD American John Koscinski on the last lap for a podium place in the 1997 World Superbike event. On race days the busy spectating areas of the Indy circuit give superb viewing while providing a great atmosphere in this natural amphitheatre. Whether you’re there to frazzle your berries or watch the world’s best toast theirs, Brands delivers.

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