Racing driver Max Coates – who is sponsored by ignition and sensor specialist NGK – grabbed his first win of the Quaife Mini Challenge season in a dramatic final race of the weekend at Brands Hatch. In his Primex Plastics sponsored car, Yorkshireman Max Coates was the fastest driver in damp and wet conditions in Sunday’s two races as the hot hatch race series supported the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at the Kent venue.
Friday the 13th is a Blimp-free day in the UK – but keep an eye out for the airship tomorrow as it heads to Brands Hatch, where it will provide aerial coverage of the British Touring Car Championship on Saturday and Sunday.
Those of you in London and the south of England are advised to look upwards next week, for the Goodyear Blimp is returning to our skies. Goodyear tells us that the Blimp will be above London and the surrounding areas on 11 and 12 May. From there, the icon will travel to Brands Hatch for the second round of the British Touring Car Championship on 14 and 15 May, where it will provide aerial coverage of the race.
Giti Tire’s Martin Gibson secured third place at an action-packed season finale of the 2021 British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC) at Brands Hatch. A capacity crowd watched Gibson finish fourth, second, fifth and third over the first four races. Entering the last race still in contention for the title, Gibson’s truck sustained a catastrophic hit at the Paddock Hill bend in traffic resulting in his retirement to the pit lane and ending his challenge.
Bad news for Blimpees – Goodyear called off the Blimp’s flight to the UK yesterday due to unfavourable weather over the English Channel. Tweeting the safety-related decision, Goodyear UK offered a glimmer of hope: “Keep your eyes on the skies later this week when the weather improves, and the Goodyear Blimp will hopefully be seen over London and the surrounding areas.
A Zeppelin is heading London way, but this isn’t the cause for concern it once was – the Zeppelin NT semi-rigid airship will peacefully float over the capital on 29 and 30 June resplendent in its Goodyear livery as part of a tour of Blighty that will also take in towns in Kent such as Dover, Maidstone and Dartford.
Pirelli travels to Brands Hatch this weekend for the third round of the 2020 British GT Championship. The Kent circuit is “a track where the drivers can really exploit the full performance of their cars and our latest tyres,” according to the series’ exclusive tyre supplier. GT3 competitors will use Pirelli’s new P Zero DHE tyre, an evolution of the previous DHD2, with modifications designed to make it even more versatile for the wide variety of GT3 cars and drivers who use it. There’s another new tyre for GT4 as well, with the P Zero DHB replacing the DH. The Cinturato WH tyres remain in place for wet weather.
Winner of the INA Torque Challenge at Automechanika in June, Eddie Nazarov, enjoyed a fantastic weekend at Brands Hatch, where he and his wife, Innes, witnessed a Schaeffler victory during round-six of the DTM Championship.
The penultimate round of the 2019 British GT Championship season takes place at Brands Hatch this weekend, with a grid of 37 supercars – all equipped with Pirelli tyres – set to line up for a two-hour race.
The new Ferrari Challenge UK has held a prologue test at Brands Hatch ahead of its first ever season. 20 Ferrari 488 Challenge cars in action on the Indy circuit at Brands Hatch, many of them being driven by their owners for the first time. The Ferrari Challenge UK is the first national championship to be operated by Ferrari, alongside its European, North American and Asia Pacific series: all with tyres supplied by Pirelli. The inaugural season features rounds at Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Croft and Silverstone.
The opening round of the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe takes place this weekend at Brands Hatch in the UK, with Pirelli supplying the tyres. It will be the sixth outing of the sprint-format series at the circuit, which will host the event on its 3.9km grand prix layout, including the famous Paddock Hill bend, one of the track’s few overtaking spots.
For the third consecutive year, Giti Tire is bringing is truck tyre technology to the track. Its truck racing presence kicked off this year with an appearance at Brands Hatch Circuit over the Easter weekend.
Giti Tire is follow the season in which it achieved its first podium finish, taking third place at Holland’s Circuit Zandvoort, by continuing its close involvement in the VW Fun Cup. It will mark its fourth year as official tyre partner in 2019. There are eight endurance races scheduled for 2019, lasting from three to eight hours with two to four drivers. Giti will also run its fully livered GT Radial car.
With his win at Brands Hatch last weekend, Paul Di Resta closed the gap with championship leader, fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Garry Paffett, to just 29 points in the overall standings. This was Di Resta’s third win in Brands Hatch and the tenth of his DTM career. Gary Paffett crossed the finish line as runner-up after 40 laps of racing.