Historic action on Brands Indy circuit

The Brands Hatch Indy circuit will host a great day of racing for sports, saloons and single-seaters from the 1950s through to the 1980s during the Historic Sports Car Club's race meeting on Saturday, 13 September.

With racing covering everything from an MG Midget to a Ford Mustang, the meeting has broad appeal and with adult admission just £12 (£10 when booked in advance) and children under 12 admitted free, it's a great value day out for all the family.

One of the most hotly contested championships of the season is the Grandstand Motor Sports Historic Formula Ford Championship, with half a dozen potential race winners including 17-year old Michael Lyons racing against his father Frank and Durham-based Amanda Whittaker, one of the fastest female single-seater racers in Britain.

Other contenders include Westie Mitchell, Australian commuter Laurie Bennett and local ace Darren Burke, having a rare race outing in one of the Macon MR8s run by Ashford-based PA Motorsport.

Bumper grids will contest rounds of the HSCC 70s Road Sports and Historic Road Sports Championships, which will bring three decades of production-based sports cars to Brands. In the 70s race, Julian Barter (TVR 3000M), Richard Plant (Morgan +8), Alan Harper (Lotus Elan) and Paul Anderson (Porsche 928) are some of the leading contenders, while in the historic series for cars built in the 1950s and 1960s the men in form are James Paterson (Morgan +8) and Andrew Marler (Lotus Elan).

More single-seater action comes in a round of the HSCC Classic Racing Car Championship, when the Lyons father and son will be in action again. This time around, Frank should have the upper hand over his teenage son as senior will be racing his Formula 2 Merlyn Mk10, the car driven to victory by Michael in the most recent race at Oulton Park.

Races for the BP Ultimate Classic Formula 3 Championship, Millers Oils Historic Formula Junior Championship and Historic Formula Ford 2000 series wrap up the single-seater action.

Meanwhile, some great saloon car action will come in a round of the ByBox Historic Racing Saloon Championship, where the spectacle of Lotus Cortinas and Ford Anglias battling with Mini Coopers will be another highlight of the day. Top dog is likely to be Dan Cox in his Lotus Cortina, but Jim Chapman (Ford Mustang) and Neil Wood and Bob Bullen (Ford Anglias) will all have other ideas.

With an open and friendly paddock and a fine sporting atmosphere, it promises to be an excellent day of motor racing. Qualifying starts at 9am and the first of eight races is at 1pm. All races will run over a 20-minute duration.