Winter stage rally kicks off Brands Hatch calendar

News Shopper: The MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages Rally will feature a varied entry list, including the Darrian T9 which won the 2011 event The MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages Rally will feature a varied entry list, including the Darrian T9 which won the 2011 event

MORE than 90 cars will kick off the 2013 season in spectacular style at Brands Hatch on January 12 for the north Kent circuit’s third annual winter stage rally.

The MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch winter stages includes both tarmac and gravel surfaces, guaranteeing plenty of sideways action.

Eight stages will be made up from sections of the Indy circuit, paddock, access roads and the venue's dedicated rally stage during the one day event.

Ending at dusk, blazing headlights, flaming exhausts and glowing brake discs will light up the January sky.

The huge entry list is as varied as ever with hatchbacks, purpose-built rally specials, kit cars and supercars included.

Exotica on display ranges from the Ferrari 308 GTB Michelotto, and wild MG Metro 6R4 purpose-built rally car.

An ex-works Renault 5 Turbo 1 also stars on the entry list, whilst the Darrian T9 kit sports car which won the inaugural event will be back for more success.

Fans of classic Escort, Subaru and Mitsubishi Evo rally cars will be spoilt for choice with a healthy number among an eclectic line-up.

A variety of course layouts will transform Brands Hatch into a rally arena with unrivalled views of powerslides, handbrake turns and Scandinavian flicks.

Many sections of the track will be taken in the 'wrong' direction too.

Unlike conventional stage rallies, spectators will enjoy an unrivalled view of the action thanks to the circuit’s natural amphitheatre.

There will be vantage points all around the Indy circuit, with the Paddock Hill and Druids areas opened up.

Meanwhile, the Hailwoods and Pit Straight grandstands will be available free of charge, while the more adventurous will be able to watch from the rally stage, subject to demand.

Tickets for the MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch winter stages on January 12 are available in advance for £10, with free entry for children aged 12 and under.

For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or visit brandshatch.co.uk

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