Track of the Month Brands Hatch – Indy
This month we are featuring the iconic 1.2 miles of track that nestles in the Kent countryside. This short layout is in fact the one most used at this venue, and is renowned for being fast and frantic. It rewards drivers that are patient but committed, with a mixture of fast and slow corners combined with continuous changes of elevation. There is barely a straight to be seen! Pay particular attention to the unseen swoops and dives of Paddock Hill Corner (Turn 1) as well as the tricky Surtees/McLaren/Clearways/Clarke sequence that closes out the lap (yet hides most of the lap time to be gained on the lap!)
All of the UK’s premier racing categories use this layout regularly, as well as some key overseas visitors such as the US Indy cars and the DTM and WTCC. Check out our video guide to learn the secrets of its swops and curves.
This month, our Rookie car is a Renault Clio Cup. This one make championship has long been a favourite with drivers and fans alike. The racing is always door handle close! The cars are fun to drive with 200hp and failsafe front wheel drive handling. As always with front wheel drive, be precise on the brakes, get the corner entry speed right then power on through the apex.
Club License Car
Club license holders get to compete this month in a Datsun 510. A what? It’s a lovely 70’s touring car. Only 190hp? Yup, but it only weighs 770kg on fully independent racing suspension and fat slick tyres and this was enough for legends like Peter Brock to put Datsun/Nissan on the competition map world-wide. It came in and put all the European makers on notice that the automotive world was about to change forever. Will it slide at the front? Yup. Will it slide from the back? Yup. Does it like stopping? Not really. Does it absolutely fly along and make all the right race car noises? You bet!
Race License Car
This month get into a McLaren MP4-12C GT3. This is a light and nimble car, very responsive with its twin turbo 3.8 V8 engine. Be neat and precise and use its excellent braking to dive down the inside of unsuspecting competitors.
Get amongst it! www.teamworkskarting.com/booking