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Brands Hatch Masters Festival set to be a celebration of F1

Friday, January 27 2012

The 2012 edition of the Masters Historic Festival this May (26-27), is set to be a feast for Formula 1 fans, with six races planned over the weekend as well as demonstration runs. The annual event is a celebration of the history of motorsport, with races for almost every category of the sport.

The recently announced Historic Race of Champions for the 'return to power' era from 1966-71 will feature a Tyrrell-run March 701 raced by triple World Champion Jackie Stewart in 1970, amongst a strong contingent of cars fresh from the Monaco classic event. They will join the existing Grand Prix Masters series that regularly races at the festival, with a superb selection from the 1970s and 80s, a time of ground effects and aggressive innovations in chassis technology.

The clock will be turned back even further with two races from the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association. Covering the immediate pre- and post-war eras, there will almost certainly be a strong contingent of Italian cars, when Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia and Maserati dominated the sport. The front-engined machines running on narrow tyres will provide evocative four-wheel drifts set to a stirring soundtrack.

In keeping with recent tradition, both days of the festival will also feature demonstrations from 1980s and 90s F1 cars, bringing the story up to date. Last year's event featured cars once driven by rivals Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher, as well as Brazilian legends Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet.

Between the F1 action, a superb programme of historic racing is planned, including the CanAm Interserie Challenge featuring the big banger cars from the North American championship of the 1960s and 70s. GT and Touring cars feature in the Masters 70s celebration and JD Classics Challenge races, whilst the Woodcote Trophy for pre-1955 sports cars will appear, as will the World Sportscar Masters and Sports Racing Masters. Two endurance races for Pre-66 Touring Cars and GTs will also be on the bill.

Masters Historic Racing Event Manager Rachel Bailey said: "We are very excited about our Brands Hatch event for 2012. Brands Hatch has a wonderful heritage of Formula 1 races with Grands Prix, the Race of Champions and the Victory Race so it is the perfect setting to run these cars showcasing F1 across the decades. We are looking forward to some fabulous racing as well as tremendous machinery taking to the circuit."

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 26-27 May are available now, from just £17, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For further information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.