F1 Festival set for Brands Hatch Masters weekend

Formula 1 fans should head to Brands Hatch next May for a feast of F1 action across the decades as part of the annual Masters Historic Festival.The event, which will run on May 26/27 on the fabulous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will be headlined by Formula 1 cars of the 1970s and 1980s running in the popular GP Masters championship.In addition, cars from 1966-72 will race for the Historic Race of Champions, recreating the halcyon days of the non-championship Formula 1 race held at the Kent circuit. A superb grid, including the ex-Jackie Stewart Tyrrell March 701 which won the race in period, is expected. In addition, the earlier generation of Formula 1 machinery will be represented by two races for cars from the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association with cars from the 1930s through to the 1950s on track.In total, six races are planned for Formula 1 machinery in addition to sports cars and touring cars from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. There will also be displays on each day of the weekend of Formula 1 cars from the 1980s and 1990s, which proved to be a popular element of the 2011 event.In a packed weekend of racing, there will be two races for the CanAm Interserie Challenge where mighty CanAm sports cars do battle against the smaller-engined European sports-prototypes, while touring cars and GT cars of the 1970s will go head to head in the Masters 70s celebration and JD Classics Challenge races. Motor Racing Legends will bring the evocative Woodcote Trophy for pre-1955 sports cars, while later sports cars will feature in the World Sportscar Masters and Sports Racing Masters events.And if touring cars whet your appetite, the popular Masters Pre-66 Touring Car grid will be full of Ford Mustangs, Lotus Cortinas and Mini Coopers, all set to thrill in a 50-minute race. GT fans will be well catered for as well with the ever-popular Gentlemen Drivers Pre-66 GT cars grid set to showcase a wide variety of sports car in a 90-minute pit stop race.Masters Historic Racing Event Manager Rachel Bailey said: “We are very excited about our Brands Hatch event for 2012. We have worked hard to give the event a clear identity and focussed on crowd-pleasing Formula 1 cars through the different races and the displays on each day as well. Brands Hatch has a wonderful heritage of Formula 1 races with Grands Prix, the Race of Champions and the Victory Race so it is the perfect setting to run these cars showcasing F1 across the decades. We are looking forward to some fabulous racing as well as tremendous machinery taking to the circuit.”The Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch runs on May 26/27 on the full Grand Prix circuit.