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Stage rally to open Brands Hatch 2016 season this January

Wednesday, November 11 2015

The 2016 season at Brands Hatch will get off to an early start with the return of the MGJ Engineering Winter Stages on Sunday 31 January, with a huge entry expected to contest a wide variety of stages that will transform the Kent venue.

The rally forms the fifth round of the brand new Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship, which visits race circuits across the country this winter and spring. The championship is proving to be a hit with competitors, and a capacity entry is expected to be heading to Brands Hatch this January.

The opening event at Oulton Park last weekend featured an eclectic mixture of rear-wheel-drive Ford Escorts and Lotus Sunbeams, 80s hatchbacks including the wild Group B Metro 6R4, and the iconic four-wheel-drive Ford Sierra Cosworth, Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Evo models.

The rally will be based entirely within the Kent venue, where spectators will be able to see the action from most of the circuit's popular viewing spots. The stages will take place on the Indy circuit's tarmac in both directions, plus the pits, paddock, access roads and dedicated rally stage. Visitors will also be able to see the cars being prepared in the special rally paddock, which will be located along Colin Chapman Way.

The event will run into darkness, with blazing headlights, flaming exhausts and glowing brake discs adding a spectacular element to the proceedings!

Event Director Tony Clements said: "Chelmsford Motor Club's organising team is eagerly anticipating our return to Brands Hatch on Sunday 31st January 2016. The addition of the new national Circuit Rally Championship will add a further level of interest for both competitors and spectators. We are looking forward to a high quality entry, with full use of all the favourite areas of the rally stage making for a great day out."

Tickets for the MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages are available for £12, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.