Brands Hatch wel­comes back the sights and sounds of For­mula 1 with the FIA Historic F1 Cham­pi­onship

F1 Racing (UK) - - RETRO -

It is now more than 30 years since Brands Hatch hosted the Bri­tish Grand Prix for the 12th and fi­nal time and it is now abun­dantly clear that mod­ern For­mula 1 cars will never again fea­ture at the spec­tac­u­lar Kent venue.

How­ever, once a year cars from the glory days race on the iconic full Grand Prix cir­cuit, when the Masters FIA Historic F1 Cham­pi­onship head­lines the Masters Historic Fes­ti­val on May 26/27.

The cham­pi­onship is only open to 3-litre cars from 1966-1985 so this means that the wooded grand prix loop will echo to the sound of Cos­worth DFV en­gines, as the clock is turned back to the days when Jo Sif­fert, Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fit­ti­paldi, Jody Scheck­ter, Alan Jones and Niki Lauda all won at Brands with a DFV singing away be­hind their back. By the time Nigel Mansell won the fi­nal Bri­tish GP at Brands Hatch in 1986, his Wil­liams was pow­ered by a Honda turbo.

Ap­pro­pri­ately, it is now 50 years since Sif­fert, at the wheel of Rob Walker’s pri­vately en­tered Lo­tus 49, took the first DFV vic­tory at Brands. This is a meet­ing that de­mands a walk out into the woods for a chance to see and hear these cars at Pil­grims Drop, Hawthorns, West­field, Stir­lings and Din­gle Dell.

Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing on Satur­day morn­ing, the Historic For­mula 1 cars race at 15.30 on Satur­day and then again at 14.55 on Sun­day.

For­mula 1 ma­chin­ery from yes­ter­year will do bat­tle on the Brands Hatch GP cir­cuit over the late May Bank Hol­i­day

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