Track Guide

In this section you will find tips and useful information about tracks we have visited both in the UK and around the world. We hope to add further locations as and when we have the opportunity to visit them. In the meantime we would welcome submissions from visitors on tracks not currently shown in this section. Please e-mail details to info@lights2flag.co.uk

BRANDS HATCH

We are starting with Brands Hatch as this is our local circuit and as such very close to our hearts.....

(View of Graham Hill Bend and South Bank viewing area)brandshatchview

Circuit Address & Contact Numbers:

Brands Hatch Circuit,

Fawkham,

Longfield,

Kent DA3 8NG. 

Tel: 01474 872331 (General) or 0870 950 9000 (Ticket Sales)

How to get there:

By car! Brands Hatch is situated on the A20 near West Kingsdown, approximately 3 miles from Junction 3 of the M25.

Should you wish to use public transport, the nearest railway stations are in Swanley and Eynsford both reached from London Victoria. Please be warned, the stations are a long way from the circuit. 

Nearby Accomodation:

If you have a hotel, B & B or guest house close to Brands Hatch and would like to place a link or advertisement on this site, please contact sales@lights2flag.co.uk for further information on our competitively priced advertising rates

Circuit Statistics:

Brands Hatch has two circuit layouts. The shorter Indy circuit (1.198 miles) and the GP circuit (2.301 miles). The GP circuit is unfortunately only currently used a few times a year for meetings such as A1 GP and WTCC due to local planning restrictions on noise levels etc.

Best Viewing Areas:

The world famous Paddock Hill bend is a great place to watch the cars and usually the scene of several dramas during most race meetings. However, this area does tend to get very crowded so you need to stake your claim early.

If you want a bit more luxury, pay for a seat in the stand at Paddock Hill. The stand affords excellent views over most of the circuit. The only drawback can be the weather as the stand is not covered so in sunny weather you need to make sure you bring your sun tan lotion and in rainy weather your umbrella!

If you are a keen photographer and feeling fit, take a walk up Hailwood Hill and cross the footbridge to the inside of the track. Here you will get excellent views of the cars coming round Paddock Hill bend, sometimes three or more abreast, racing uphill to the Druids hairpin (slowest corner on the circuit) before dropping back downhill towards Graham Hill Bend and along the back straight.

Another good area both for viewing and photography is at Clearways. If the cars are racing on the Indy circuit, you will see them piling down the back straight into Surtees before passing through McClaren, Clearways and Clark curve then back onto the main straight to start another new lap. If the cars are racing on the GP circuit, you will see them running into Surtees before climbing uphill and into the woods before later reappearing under a bridge and heading into Clearways.

Disabled Access:

There are viewing areas in the Paddock Hill grandstand suitable for disabled visitors. Certain parts of the circuit (e.g. Paddock Hill/Hailwood Hill) are very steep and the ground is uneven.

Best Places to Eat:

During race meetings there are many concessions on site selling anything from hot dogs to jacket spuds. These tend to be very expensive and not so good value for money (in our honest opinion). Our recommendation would be to spend a pound or so more and visit either the Kentagon or Hailwood restaurants and treat yourself to a Pitstopper (full English) breakfast. The service in the restaurants is great and the breakfast really sets you up for the day. 

Best Bits:

The excellent viewing.

Very close to the action

Friendly, helpful staff

Good atmosphere

Clean toilets

Worst Bits:

Distance from the car park to the track

The steep hills

Food can be a bit pricey

The traffic jam leaving the circuit

Long queues to visit the (very crowded) pit lane

For the Kids:

Kids 12 and under get in free and are quite well catered for. At main race meetings there is usually a fun fair with dodgems, bouncy castle etc. For the little ones baby changing facilities are available in the toilets near the Kentagon.

THRUXTON

Next we move on to Thruxton, curently the fastest circuit in the UK.....

Clios_at_Thruxton

Circuit Address & Contact Numbers:

Thruxton RacingCircuit,

Andover 

Hampshire,

SP11 8PN. 

Tel: 01264 882200 (Genera & Ticket Sales)

How to get there:

By car! Thruxton is situated just off the A303, approximately 5 miles from Andover.

Nearby Accomodation:

If you have a hotel, B & B or guest house close to Thruxton Circuit and would like to place a link or advertisement on this site, please contact sales@lights2flag.co.uk for further information on our competitively priced advertising rates

Circuit Statistics:

The Thruxton circuit is 2.356 miles long and is built around an airfield. 

Best Viewing Areas:

The Chicane is a great place to watch and photograph the cars, and is usually the scene of overtaking and other dramas. The Renault Clios are susceptible to sump damage if the driver misjudges the kerbs which can (and does) lead to carnage! This area does tend to get very crowded so you need to stake your claim early.

Another good area both for viewing and photography is at the complex (Campbell, Cobb, Segrave) - a series of sweeping corners where overtaking is the norm. This area is less crowded than at the Chicane. There are (steep) spectator banks giving goods views across the circuit.

Best Places to Eat:

During race meetings there are many concessions on site selling anything from hot dogs to jacket spuds. These tend to be a bit pricey and basic. There is a restaurant at the Control Tower by the Chicane which serves a fairly decent, if somewhat expensive, full English breakfast and other hot meals.

Best Bits:

Good viewing areas.

Good close racing

Good access to the pit lane

Worst Bits:

Getting into the circuit down country lanes - traffic nightmare

The steep banks

Food can be a bit pricey and a bit basic

Toilets a bit basic

For the Kids:

Kids 15 and under get in free (as long as they are accompanied by an adult). Not much for the kids to do if they are not interested in the racing and baby changing facilities are practically non existant! (Luke can vouch for this personally)

 
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