Glamour fixture list released by Brands Hatch

The British Superbike events are always a big hit in Kent

The British Superbike events are always a big hit in Kent

First published in Other Sport

BRANDS Hatch’s 2012 race events calendar has been released, with more than 40 events covering cars, bikes and trucks set to take place this year at the north Kent circuit.

Tickets are now on sale for every meeting, starting at just £10, with free entry for children aged 12 and under.

The British Superbike championship will visit the Kent circuit on three occasions, starting with the opening round on Easter weekend (6-9 April) and returning for a summer party on 20-22 July.

The final two days of the July meeting will be held on the Grand Prix circuit, as will the final races of the season on 12-14 October, the scene of Tommy Hill’s historic win by just 0.006 seconds from John Hopkins last year.

Britain’s biggest motor racing championship is set for a bumper year in 2012, with World Superbike legend Noriyuki Haga and Grand Prix winner Anthony West recently confirmed to join the regulars.

The British Touring Car championship will be holding their opening and closing rounds at Brands Hatch, the latter on the Grand Prix circuit, on 31 March–1 April and 20-21 October respectively.

Meanwhile, the spectacular DTM German Touring Cars return a little earlier this year on 18-20 May, with David Coulthard expected to head up a strong British contingent that includes multiple WTCC champion Andy Priaulx and McLaren test driver Gary Paffett.

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A batch of new cars includes the return of BMW to the championship.

There’s also action from the British Truck racing championship, which draws huge crowds to the circuit, and the successful Halloween-themed events of the last two years make way for a Guy Fawkes spectacular this November (3-4), following an earlier round on 21-22 April.

The FIA Formula Two championship and International GT Open headline the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in July (13-15), while the British F3 and GT championships also return with a date in June (23-24).

Two big festivals are planned, with the Mini celebrated in June (16-17), while the Lotus marque enjoys its own event in August (18-19), with F1 demonstrations expected from Classic Team Lotus.

There’s further historic action in the Masters Historic Festival in May (26-27) and the annual Historic Superprix returns in early summer (30 June–1 July).

A more modern slant can be found a week later with Modified Live on July 8.

The circuit’s big event for 2012 is as a venue for the Paralympic Games, with the road cycling events taking place on 5-8 September.

Tickets for these can be purchased via the London 2012 website london2012.com

In addition to these headline events, the circuit hosts packed programmes of club racing week-in, week-out.

A huge variety of cars and bikes, both old and new, can be found at these events and a full calendar can be viewed at brandshatch.co.uk

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