Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to see the first round of the new-look British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch. This year’s the BTCC are running the FIA’s Super 2000 specification regulations, in a way of cutting cost (to attract more manufacturers) and hopefully providing more on-track racing action.
There was certainly a lot of it as we watched from the trackside at Druids hairpin and Clearways (the penultimate corner on the short ‘Indy’ circuit). I was impressed with the quality of photos taken by my friends, as their photographed the racing cars in action.
The best part of the day was wandering around the Paddock area and seeing the cars, drivers, mechanics and engineers up-close. I even took some nice pictures of famous motor racing star such as 1964 Formula One World Champion John Surtees and the 1989 and 1995 BTCC champion John Cleland (both of whom were at Brands Hatch watching their son taking part in the supporting races).
As for the main event, Jason Plato won two races that day in the SEAT, with the defending champion Matt Neal scoring a fantastic win in his new Honda Civic in race three.
I certainly enjoyed my time out at Brands Hatch and I look forward to seeing some more racing action soon.