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Circuit

Brands Hatch - GBR
27/07/2010

Brands Hatch

The English circuit of Brands Hatch is one of the most technically demanding in Europe, if not the world.

The track, situated a few miles outside London, is a favourite among the fans. The main reason for this is its bowl shape that allows the action from different points along the track to be followed.

Brands used to host Formula 1 races and is a circuit that gives drivers a full workout, right from the turn 1: Paddock Hill Bend. This downhill right is often misjudged, leading to spectacular crashes. This is also true of the hairpin that comes up next, after a slight uphill: Druids Bend. Drivers spill out of Druids heading downhill towards Graham Hill Bend and the Cooper Straight. Now, there are two possible routes to take: ‘Grand Prix’ or ‘Indy’. For Indy, the track veers back towards Paddock Hill Bend while the Grand Prix layout continues with Surtees Bend. Immediately after the curve is the longest straight at Brands Hatch: Hawthorn Hill. At the end of the straight is a fifth gear right-hander: Hawthorn Bend.

Next up for the driver is: the Derek Minter Straight, Westfield Bend (another fifth gear right), Dingle Dell and Sheene Curve. This fast section comes before Stirling’s Bend, a left-hander that leads towards the home straight, passing the final bend, Clark Curve, along the way.

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