England's Kent county, some 30 kilometres to the south-east of London, is the home of a circuit that makes the heart of every racer and every motor-racing enthusiast beat faster. Brands Hatch stands for history and British motor racing at its best. It already staged motorbike races on a grass circuit far back in 1926. Among the drivers that made it to the top step at the time-honoured facility also were legends such as Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, James Hunt or Ayrton Senna. From 1964 to 1986 the circuit was the venue of 14 Formula World Championship rounds. From 2006 to 2013, eight DTM races were contested south-east of London but all on the circuit's short 1.973-kilometre Indy layout. This year, however, on 11th and 12th August, the DTM drivers will have to battle it out on the longer version. The 3.908-kilometre GP circuit is a rollercoaster across a forested landscape and is regarded as extreme challenge for both vehicles and drivers.
The DTM carries out two races on all race weekends. The distance is always 55 minutes plus one lap.
In the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, super sports cars from Ingolstadt are entering the race.
The mini challenge around the remake of the British cult classic is already in its 17th season.
|Opened||16. April 1950|
|Track length||3,908 km|
|DTM-Lap record||41,896 Sek. (Indy-Kurs, 5. September 2010)|
|Driven by||Miguel Molina (Audi)|
|Most victories||Paul Di Resta (2)|
|The best brand||Audi, Mercedes (4)|
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Around the racetrack in Brands Hatch, there is a range of accommodation and camping facilities in the Kent county.
On the region: The municipality Fawkham (at Dartford) is located in Kent County.
On the circuit: Up to 2013, DTM raced at Brands Hatch's two-kilometre Indy circuit, the shortest circuit on the DTM calendar.
Grandstand lead: Desire Wilson: end of the home straight, great vision of the sloping 'Paddock Hill Bend'.
The must-have souvenir: In the home county of motor racing, the relevant specialist literature is particularly high quality and informative.
Culture lead: London (40 km): Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, 'Big Ben', Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Saint Paul's Cathedral, Hyde Park, Speaker's Corner
To be tasted at all costs: Yorkshire-Pudding (pancake pastry as side dish), fish and chips, full English breakfast (bacon, eggs, sausages, tomatoes and mushrooms), tea, ale.
For partygoers: selection of clubs and bars: Fabric, The Dogstar, Jerusalem, Vertigo 42, Sketch
Shop here: London has got some 30,000 shops: Piccadilly Circus, Harrods at the Brompton Road, recommendable for fashion enthusiasts: Kings Road