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Brands Hatch BTCC: Everything you need to know

Thursday, April 05 2018

Brands Hatch hosts the BTCC's season-opening rounds this weekend, and we hope you're looking forward to visiting Brands Hatch. To help you make the most of your trip to the circuit, here is some useful information about this event.

If you have elected to have tickets posted (not print-at-home) you will need to bring the originals to the circuit as copies and receipts are not accepted. All advance tickets have now been dispatched and were sent by either Recorded or Special Delivery, meaning a signature is required.

In the rare instance that your tickets have not arrived in time you will need to purchase them at the gate price and obtain a refund after the event by returning the gate ticket stubs and your original tickets to the venue office.

Print-at-home tickets are emailed on the day of purchase. If you haven't received yours, please contact the call centre on 0343 453 9000. Print all your e-documents and bring them to the venue. Your order confirmation email will not gain you admission to the venue, you must have your e-tickets printed.

Please have your tickets separated before arriving at the gate.

Tickets are available on the gate for £16 on Saturday and £34 on Sunday - discounts are available for 13-15-year-olds, and under-13s go FREE.

Gate opening times
Public admission to the circuit is from 8.00am on Saturday and 7.00am on Sunday.

Please note - due to the recent wet weather, our car parks will be very muddy. Please wear suitable footwear and take extra care when exiting the venue.

Southbank Parking
Southbank (the grass bank opposite the rear of the pits) and infield (the area behind Druids hairpin) is available for car parking (not bikes) for £5 per car on Saturday and £10 per car on Sunday. Click here to download a pass. Please note - due to the recent wet weather, the availability and capacity of parking on Southbank will be subject to ground conditions on the day.

Viewing upgrades
Trackside lounge
Includes access to a shared Brabham Stewart suite located along the start/ finish line. Each suite has unrivalled views of the track with in-suite commentary, TV and live timings and a seat in the Desire Wilson grandstand. A race programme per guest, tea and coffee making facilities and a cold buffet lunch are also included. Available for £99 from the Megastore opposite the Kentagon restaurant.

Grandstand seats
Grandstand seating is available in Paddock Hill Bend grandstand on Saturday for £5 and Sunday for £22, whilst raceday seating is available in the Pit Straight and Hailwoods grandstands for £15, and Desire Wilson grandstand for £10. These can all be purchased from the Megastore opposite the Kentagon restaurant.

Official event programmes are on sale from the main entrance gates, Chapmans Kiosk and the Megastore for £5. Each programme features in-depth articles on the BTCC and other events taking place this weekend along with entry lists and information on the racing timetable.

Weekend Camping
The campsite will open at midday on Friday 6 April and will close at midday on Monday 9 April. Camping tickets can be purchased on the gate for £30 per person, or £18 for 13-15 year-olds, with free camping for children aged under 13.

Pit Walkabout
There is a free of charge pitlane walkabout and autograph session at 9:00 on Sunday morning. Last entry will be at 9:15 so make sure you arrive at the entry point at Paddock Hill in good time.

Weekend entertainment
Evolution will be showcasing the latest electric vehicles with free test drives on the famous GP Loop. Passengers are allowed, provided that they don't require a child seat. Visitors can pre-register their licence to save time on the day (please note this does not automatically book you a drive) - click here to pre-register - the Evolution show will be located opposite Clark Curve.

Meltin' Joel will be joining us in the Kentagon Bar & Restaurant on Saturday night to provide us with some live music.

On Sunday the Sevens and Classics will put on a display of cars, located on Britten's Parade by the Kentagon restaurant. There will also be car club displays from Alfa Romeo Owners Club, XR Owners Club, South East Scoobies and RS Owners Club.

A trade village can be found on Colin Chapman Way all weekend, featuring a wide variety of items for sale, including merchandise and memorabilia.

Go karting is available on Sunday for those aged 8+ at a cost of £15 for ten minutes, payable at the karting circuit beside the Kentagon restaurant.

The Brands Hatch Fun Zone will be open all weekend, offering a selection of thrilling rides for all ages, and Diggerland will be bringing their mini diggers to the event - note that individual charges apply.

The youngest BTCC fans will be able to get their faces painted in the Fun Zone area in exchange for a small charitable donation.

We'll have a number of inflatables on offer all weekend including slides and castles to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Individual charges apply.

The Brands Hatch playground, located by the Kentagon restaurant, has equipment for children of all ages from toddler to 14. There are climbing frames, swings and much more!

Brands Hatch LIVE! Xtra App
Download the Brands Hatch LIVE! Xtra app for iOS devices. Available from the Apple Store, it will transform your spectating experience with live timing, plus vehicle tracking with information on where the best action is taking place, TV-style graphics, live radio and driver information. Click here to visit the iTunes Store now.

Free WiFi
Free WiFi can be accessed from the pit garages, spectator grandstands, and the Kentagon and Hailwoods restaurants. To access the facility, provided free-of-charge via the Purple WiFi portal, simply select MSV-HOTSPOT-WIFI from your smartphone, tablet or PC and log in using your Facebook or email address details.

Radio Brands 87.7FM
Radio Brands will be broadcasting live commentary, interviews and spectator information throughout the weekend. Earpiece radios will be on sale from the Megastore for £7.

Click here to download a timetable for this weekend's event.