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, and also check out the videos of flying laps in our featured cars!
This month, our Rookie car is the USF Formula 2000 car. This is an entry level car in USA open wheel racing, and is broadly equivalent to the Formula Ford 2000 cars raced in the UK. Many famous names in USA and UK racing earned their stripes racing these cars! You have 175bhp, slick racing tyres and aerodynamic wings to generate some down force. The cars are easy to drive and forgiving of mistakes, but to get the absolute best lap time they need to be driven smoothly and skilfully.
Club License Car
Club license holders get to compete this month in a Formula Two car. This is a big step up in power from the USF car (425bhp), with much more grip and braking power to match. You need to exploit all these attributes to get the best lap time! Concentrate on the braking areas, watch the wheel spin out of the slower corners and be smooth through the high speed turns to keep the speed as high as possible.
Race License Car
Well it is the season when a large red clad man comes calling, so this month wrap yourself in finest Maranello red and take an epic 1991 Ferrari for a spin. Whilst this car did not excel (in fact Alain Prost was famously sacked for likening the car to a truck), it is great fun, looks mighty fine and wails like only a V12 can. 725hp at 14,500 rpm never sounded so good. No driver aids so respect and caution should be the order of the day!