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Inaugural Brands Hatch Stages Rally hailed a success

Tuesday, February 01 2011

Brands Hatch staged its first rallying event for many years on Sunday (30 January) as the Kent circuit played host to the Brands Hatch Stages Rally, organised by the Chelmsford Motor Club.

A staggering 80 cars signed up to compete in the event, which included eight stages totalling 35 miles of sideways action.

The event comprised various sections of the venue with imaginative layouts, including the rally stages normally used for MSV driving experiences, the lower paddock, pit lane and main paddock, and of course the Brands Hatch circuit itself.

The Darrian T90 GTR of John Indri and Dave Engwell was crowned the winner with an overall time of 35 minutes and 54 seconds, finishing over a minute clear of the similar machine of Mark Straker and Simon May. Free entry to the circuit also attracted an enthusiastic crowd.

Brands Hatch circuit manager Mike Groves was quick to hail the success of the event.

"We were delighted how the inaugural running of the Brands Hatch Stages last weekend went," said Groves.

He added: "It's always good to try something new and we think the level of competition speaks volumes about the potential this event could have. It was also good to bring rallying back to Brands Hatch after several years off the calendar. We look forward to hopefully staging a similar event in the future."

The 2011 season highlights at Brands Hatch have been announced, with a full calendar to come shortly. For more information on events at Brands Hatch call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.