Famous Motor Racing Circuits: Silverstone vs Brands Hatch

By admin March 10, 2014

To celebrate our brand new range of driving experiences at the UK’s most famous circuits, we decided to give you the low-down on each track. Today we’re focussing on Silverstone and Brands Hatch circuits, so strap yourself in and read on.

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Silverstone

Home to the British Grand Prix, this is the mother of UK race tracks. Jon, our resident driving expert, tried the single-seater experience at Silverstone and had this to say about this legendary motoring venue:

“Driving the single-seater at Silverstone feels really special. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a true motor racing experience, as it’s completely different to driving a road car and arguably more exhilarating than driving a supercar. Silverstone as a venue speaks for itself. It’s full of history, you get to drive some of the same tarmac as motorsport legends, and the addition of the new Silverstone Wing all helps to make it an amazing place to spend the day”

Did You Know?

  • The circuit spans two counties, straddling the borders of Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire
  • The track is built upon the site of a WWII RAF bomber station
  • It hosted its first RAC International Grand Prix in 1948
  • Silverstone was the venue for the first round of the Formula One World Championship in 1950

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Brands Hatch

Often called the world’s favourite track due to its extremely technical and challenging layout, Brands Hatch is a race track to be experienced first-hand.

Here’s what Jon had to say about the incredible Brands Hatch track:

Brands Hatch is one of the most iconic venues in the world and has a rich history of hosting events on both two and four wheels. Nigel Mansell even scored his first Grand Prix victory there, and also won the final F1 race at Brands in 1986. What makes Brands Hatch such a loved circuit and so exciting to drive is it’s combination of dips, cambers, fearsome corners and hills, so you never know what’s round the next corner! You will not be disappointed driving at this fantastic venue”.

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Did You Know?

  • The name Brands Hatch is thought to derive from the Gaelic ‘brondehach’ – bron meaning wooded slope and hach meaning forest entrance
  • The circuit is located within a natural ampitheatre, making it the best circuit for spectators as well as drivers
  • Brands Hatch hosted the British Grand Prix 12 times between 1964 and 1986
  • The track has two configurations, Grand Prix and Indy. The whole of the Indy track can be seen from the spectator spot Paddock Hill
  • The outright lap record for the Grand Prix configuration is 1:09.593 and is held by Nigel Mansell who set it in 1986

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These are great experiences for adrenaline junkies who enjoy nothing more than racing around iconic and challenging race tracks at high speeds.

Watch out for another blog post on the rest of our famous tracks later in the week.

Which track do you want to visit?

Images from Jon Large and Opentrack Track Days via Flickr and maps via Google Images.

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