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Big tests coming up at Brands as new season gets underway

Tuesday, March 20 2018

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and historic racing machinery will be testing at Brands Hatch during the next two weeks as preparations for the new season ramp up. Admission to all of these tests is free to spectators.

With the new BTCC season fast approaching and attentions turns to the opening rounds at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April, teams are heading to Kent to fine-tune their cars. So far, many of the drivers have taken advantage of warmer conditions in Spain and Portugal, but as spring reaches Britain and the series launch date just a week away, the BTCC cars are back.

Several BTCC and support race teams will head to Brands Hatch on Wedesday 21 March. These include title-challengers Team BMW with Colin Turkington, Andrew Jordan and Rob Collard, as well as Stephen Jelley in the Team Parker BMW. Rivals Motorbase will be in action, with all three of their Ford Focus RSs expected. The list also includes Honda Racing with the brand new Honda Civic Type R for triple champion Matt Neal and HMS Racing's Alfa Romeo Giulietta for Rob Austin.

Team Parker and Motorbase will be bringing their Porsche Carrera Cup GB cars, and there will be Renault UK Clio Cup cars on track too.

Many more BTCC teams are expected on Thursday 29 March, when the championship organisers will be holding an official test, with most of the grid expected on track. Following on from the season launch and official test at Donington just two days earlier, it's an additional chance to see where the drivers stack up ahead of the opening rounds just one week later on 7/8 April.

Meanwhile fans of historic racing will be delighted to hear that Masters Racing is holding a test day on Thursday 22 March, following a pre-season event last year. Last year the test included FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship machinery from the 1970s and 80s period of Grand Prix racing. Many of the cars in the series raced at Brands Hatch in-period, and it's hoped that several will be coaxed out of winter hibernation to roar back into life once more at the test.

The Masters test should also include classic sportscars, GTs and touring cars as well, making this a must-see for fans starved of nostalgia over the long winter months.

Please note that teams and drivers are under no obligation to test, and content for these days can change at short notice. Entry to all three test days is free to spectators, and run from 9am until approx 5.30pm, with a one-hour lunch break just after midday. The venue's Kentagon restaurant and bar will be open on all three days.

Tickets to the Brands Hatch BTCC season opener and Masters Historic Festival events are on sale, with free entry to under-13s. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click on the links.