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Triple headline action at May's Brands Hatch Masters Festival

Monday, April 20 2015

Brands Hatch's illustrious past will be celebrated at the Masters Historic Festival this May (23-24), with a packed Bank Holiday programme boasting not one, but three headline acts - The FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars, and Super Touring Car Trophy will all take on the legendary Grand Prix circuit.

FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship

Between 1964 and 1986, the Kent circuit was a frequent host of the British Grand Prix, and the evocative names of Lotus, Tyrrell, McLaren, Williams, and more are set to return for two historic F1 races, with many of the cars adorned in their striking period liveries. The cars represented are all from that era, so visitors can be forgiven for mistaking the on-track stars for Stewart, Hunt, or Mansell.

Spectators can expect to enjoy the distinctive tones of Grand Prix racing's golden era, as each of the cars in action is powered by a three-litre normally-aspirated engine, with many possessing the all-conquering Cosworth DFV - Formula One racing's most successful engine.

The grid is expected to include an ex-Grand Prix driver this year, with Italian former Minardi driver Paolo Barilla having purchased a Williams FW07 to compete in. Designed by Patrick Head, the FW07 was the Grove squad's first race-winning car in 1979, before going on to win the World Drivers' Championship with Alan Jones the following season, and successive Constructors' crowns in '80 and '81.

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A flavour of Le Mans will be added by the FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars, which will conjure memories of Ford GT40s and Lola T70s visiting Brands Hatch for gruelling six-hour and 1000km events.

For years, these long-distance races were marquee events on the Brands Hatch calendar, and that atmosphere will be recreated in a scaled-down format at the Masters. With driver changes and pit-stops, there will be plenty to keep an eye on as different strategies unfold in this mini-endurance race.

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Brands Hatch remains a staple of the British Touring Car Championship calendar, and it's that championship's '90s heyday that will be recreated in the Super Touring Car Trophy, which features a busy grid of ex-works saloon cars.

The entry is expected to include at least two period manufacturer drivers, with Patrick Watts and John Cleland reuniting with their Peugeot 406 and Vauxhall Vectra respectively. Other cars expected to appear include BMWs, Alfa Romeos, Audis, and Volvos.

Support Races and Off-Track Entertainment

In addition to the three main attractions, spectators will be able to revel in a cracking line-up of historic races, featuring everything from classically-modelled Formula Junior single-seaters, to 1970s GT cars.

Tin top fans are going to be spoilt for choice with a number of saloons entering the '70s Celebration race, and a race for pre-'66 Historic Touring Cars, in addition to the Super Tourers.

There will be plenty to enjoy away from the racing, including demonstration laps and pristine display cars, in addition to plenty of family-friendly entertainment. The paddock will be open, allowing visitors to take a closer look at these glorious machines as they're prepared for battle, and chat to the people who work on them now.

Tickets for the main event day are available online from £21 with free entry for under-13s, and you can save up to £15 on admission by booking in advance. For more information, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here