Brands full up

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A 24-race line-up across three full days will make up the Legends of Brands Hatch Su­per Prix on July 1-3, a high­light in the 50th an­niver­sary sea­son of the HSCC. After qual­i­fy­ing all day on Fri­day, the first of 13 races starts at 0900hrs on Satur­day. On Sun­day, qual­i­fy­ing starts at 1000hrs with the first of 11 races at 1145hrs.

Cur­rent Force In­dia Grand Prix driver and 2015 Le Mans win­ner Nico Hulken­berg will step back nearly 100 years into mo­tor­sport his­tory by climb­ing aboard a Sun­beam Land Speed Record car to tackle the hill.

NASCAR seems re­ally at odds with the seren­ity of Good­wood House, but the US mon­sters are a hugely pop­u­lar el­e­ment of the FOS. Last year’s star Pa­trick Friesacher is back with the Red Bull NASCAR while leg­end Bobby Labonte will drive a 1972 Dodge Charger.

Cur­rent World Rally Cham­pi­onship con­tender Jar­iMatti Lat­vala will take his VW Polo R WRC car onto the drive of Good­wood House and it will be a fan­tas­tic demon­stra­tion of a state-of-the-art rally car.

Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has carved a new ca­reer in sports-pro­to­types and he’ll come to Sus­sex fresh from com­pet­ing at Le Mans. The 2015 ELMS LMP3 cham­pion will drive a Ligier LMP2.

Last month, Mark Hig­gins stunned on­look­ers by lap­ping the TT course on his na­tive Isle of Man at an in­cred­i­ble 128.73mph av­er­age for a four-wheel lap of the 37-mile moun­tain course. He’ll be at Good­wood in his record-set­ting Subaru Im­preza.

The life of James Hunt will be marked in the 40th an­niver­sary year of his World Cham­pi­onship and one of the less well-known cars from his ca­reer is the Mi­rage GR7 sports-pro­to­type he raced in the 1974 Nur­bur­gring 1000km. Le Mans leg­end Derek Bell, Hunt’s team-mate in that race, will drive the car this week­end.

As BMW cel­e­brates its cen­te­nary, the mar­que will take cen­tre stage with dis­plays and demon­stra­tions. No­table on the hill will be four-time Le Mans win­ner Yan­nick Dal­mas in the BMW V12 LMR he shared to vic­tory in the 1999 race.

Race cars do not come much more dra­matic than the 80-year old Auto Union C Type. Pink Floyd drum­mer Nick Ma­son will be the brave man aim­ing to con­trol this 520bhp six-litre mon­ster on the hill.

For­mer grand prix driver Alex Za­nardi is an in­spi­ra­tional hero for many fans and he’ll be a very pop­u­lar visi­tor to Good­wood, tak­ing the wheel of a BMW Z4 GT3 as part of the BMW cel­e­bra­tions.

Rally driver, stunt driver and all-round show­man Ken Block will wow the fans with his own brand of spec­ta­cle at the wheel of his Ford Fi­esta RX43, as used in his Gymkhana 8 film.

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