BRANDS HATCH INDY 7 - 8TH APRIL 2018

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A natural amphitheatre offering unrivalled views of the action from various vantage points, Brands Hatch is known as one of Britain’s best-loved motor racing circuits. Its unique combination of dips, cambers, fearsome corners and hills means it is still one of the world’s most renowned racing venues. The BTCC has been going to Brands Hatch since the series began back in 1958.

The BTCC calls into Brands Hatch for both the season-opener on the action-packed Indy circuit as well as the finale which takes place on the majestic Grand Prix circuit. The historic Kent race track has seen some spectacular BTCC entertainment over the many years the championship has been visiting, and has been the scene of many a nail-biting finale.

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Race Report


Rain doesn’t dampen spirits at season opener.


The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season opener at Brands Hatch provided exciting racing in changing conditions at the Kent based track this weekend in the 60th year of the BTCC.
Rain was falling as the first of the 3 rounds got underway on the Indy Circuit with the headlline championship supported with action packed races from Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Formula 4 British Championship, Renault UK Clio Cup, Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and Ginetta Juniors.
The BTCC grid lined up for the first race and as the red light went out to start this years championship the six month wait was worth it.
Safety cars were the order of the day with every race having at least a couple periods of Safety cars for various reasons. 9 different BTCC drivers stood on the podium this weekend with 3 different winners including a maiden victory for one.


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In an action packed opening round Jack Goff in his Honda Civic Type R proved too fast for the BMW 125i M Sports of Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan who finished 2nd and 3rd. Last years Champion Ashley Sutton Finished 6th in his Subaru Levorg from BMR Racing.

Race 2 was even more exciting as the first as some of the runners decided to run slicks over the majority of the field who decided to stay with the Blue marked wet tyres.
As the track dried it was clear that those who decided to gamble on slicks profited and ripped through the field providing a thrilling closing few laps as Senna Proctor, Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson battled their way to the podium places.

Senna Proctor took his maiden BTCC win in his PMR Vauxhall Astra , With Local lad Jake Hill Scoring his first BTCC podium for Team Hard and Ollie Jackson Rounding of the top three slots in the AMD Audi S3 Saloon.

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Race 3 had the reverse grid which allowed Rob Austin in a return to BTCC for Alfa Romeo to take an early lead. Race 2's 2nd placed Jake Hill was hit on the opening green flag lap by Adam Morgan. This forced Jake Hill back into the pits to repair the damaged rear wheel and was already a few laps down when he finally left the pits. Tom Ingram battled hard to overtake Rob Austin to secure the win with Adam Morgan also getting passed Austin to finish 2nd.

In the support races there was also a lot of action with the second round of the Porsche Carrera Cup being red flagged for a huge shunt.
The Clios always provide action with close and thrilling racing all weekend. The weekend was rounded of with great racing from the other support series.

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Brands Hatch always provides great racing and this year was no different as we now look forward to the next rounds at Donnington in a couple of weeks time.