ENJOYING THE EXPERIENCE British hero Andy Priaulx will be looking to repeat last year's win at the Kent track We all know that experience counts, and that older normally equals wiser. But is this true of a racing driver as well? What's ...
ENJOYING THE EXPERIENCE
British hero Andy Priaulx will be looking to repeat last year's win at the Kent track
We all know that experience counts, and that older normally equals wiser. But is this true of a racing driver as well? What's more valuable: the knowledge gained from years of racing on a particular circuit, or the gung-ho, no-compromise attitude that a younger driver can bring to the track?
It's a question that all three of the leading British contenders will be asking themselves when they get to Brands Hatch, Kent for Britain's round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), which takes place on July 26/27.
The trio of Britain's leading drivers, Andy Priaulx, James Thompson, and Rob Huff, have a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience, particularly when it comes to racing at Brands Hatch. Yorkshire's Thompson is the oldest of the trio at 34, but only just: he is less than four months older than Guernsey born Priaulx. This is where the similarities end. Thompson is a two-time British Touring Car Champion who started his tin-top career in 1994, whereas Priaulx was a comparatively late arrival on the touring car scene, making his debut in 2001. Huff is very much a new face, having burst into contention by winning a competition to become a professional driver in 2004, and he hasn't looked back since.
Thompson is the man with the most British experience, thanks to 33 wins, 109 podiums, 29 pole positions and 27 fastest laps in the British Touring Car Championship. Yet Priaulx, the FIA WTCC Champion for the last three years, has won at Brands Hatch for the last two years. As for Huff, Brands Hatch was the scene of his first BTCC win in 2004.
The competition is set to be closer than ever. As Priaulx, the man to beat in the WTCC, points out: "Brands Hatch is quite a specialised circuit. A lot depends on the start you get, and because of the cambers on the grid it's never easy. In terms of who could do well, it's very open."
Tickets to watch this epic battle are already on sale via the Brands Hatch website with adult admission on Sunday 27 July costing £30 at the gate, but only £24 if you book online at www.motorsportvision.co.uk. An online weekend ticket costs £34 while children aged 12 and under go free.