Yet another setback has appeared against Brands Hatch hosting the British Grand Prix - and from an unexpected source. In the BMRMC Newsletter there is an article to do with the opinion of the Radiotelecommunications Agency.
For the 1999 British Grand Prix, Silverstone was licenced to use 250 channels for the teams, 150 for broadcasters, 20 satellite uplinks and 350 other channels including emergency services.
Silverstone is located in a fairly remote location, so problems with interference are kept to a minimum. Brands Hatch, however, is within close proximity of London, Gatwick, Heathrow and Rochester flightpaths, and continental interference. The RA believes it will be nigh on impossible to meet current demands for frequencies at Brands Hatch let alone future demands. A spokesman for the RA said "I don't know what's going to happen if it moves to Brands Hatch."
-- Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk