Summer stages rally sure to draw Brands Hatch crowds in

More than 80 specialised rally cars will be in action on Sunday

More than 80 specialised rally cars will be in action on Sunday

First published in Sport

Summer rallying returns to north Kent for the first time since 2012 on Sunday, with more than 80 cars entered for the Brands Hatch summer stages.

The huge list of competitors will tackle eight stages, covering over 60 miles at the Swanley venue better known for racing, on parts of the track never used before in competition.

The competitive stages will use the vehicle tunnel, circuit, paddock, pit lane, and a purpose-built rally stage.

Bexley Light Car Club is being represented by Jesse Crosse, Graham Sansom and Geoffrey Martin, all driving Ford Escorts, and Kevin Blackford in a 1275 Clubman Mini.

Two drivers from the Maidstone and Mid-Kent Motor Club, Christopher Newton and Vince Sillett, are also expected to take part.

Sunday’s summer stages will be only the second rally of the year at Brands Hatch after January’s winter stages.

The victorious Darrian of Dean Thomas is among the challengers this Sunday.

The Darrian will have to contend with a whole host of Ford Escorts, including rally-bred Mexicos and other vintage Mk1 and Mk2 variants.

Many more iconic rallying machines, including an MG Metro 6R4, and later WRC-esque Subaru Imprezas and Mitsubishis, are among the burgeoning entry list.

The first car is expected to get the rally underway at 9.50am, beginning a packed day of spectacular action.

Tickets for the Brands Hatch summer stages cost £14 on the gate, with free admission for under 13s. 

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