Brands Hatch: Roal Motorsport preview

ZANARDI AND COSTA WITHOUT ANY BALLAST AT BRANDS HATCH 17th May 2006. This weekend, the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will celebrate its debut as a World Touring Car Championship venue, with the series holding rounds five and six at the ...

ZANARDI AND COSTA WITHOUT ANY BALLAST AT BRANDS HATCH

17th May 2006. This weekend, the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will celebrate its debut as a World Touring Car Championship venue, with the series holding rounds five and six at the 4.22-kilometre track located in the South East of England. Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) and Marcel Costa (ESP) can look forward to racing without any extra ballast, while BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen will attend both races since Formula One is enjoying a free weekend.

The Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit is part of the WTCC calendar for the first time. Brands Hatch has been a motor racing venue since 1926. At that time, motorcycle races were held on an anti-clockwise grass track. In the early 1950s, the track surface was asphalted and the driving direction was changed.

The Grand Prix circuit used for the WTCC was built in 1959 and one year later, it was used as venue for a car race for the first time. From 1964 to 1986, the demanding circuit hosted the British Grand Prix twelve times and twice the European Grand Prix.

Having won three GPs at Brands Hatch, Niki Lauda (AUT) is the most successful Formula One driver here. Two-time winner Nigel Mansell (GBR) holds second place in the record books.

Brands Hatch belongs to the small borough of Fawkham, located close to Dartford in the British county of Kent. Dartford is the administrative centre of the district of the same name and has around 60,000 inhabitants.

Two citizens of Dartford have made it to worldwide fame: Rolling Stones superstars Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were born and started their musical career here.

In the support programme of the WTCC weekend, the Formula BMW UK Championship is going to run rounds seven and eight. In the four worldwide Formula BMW Championships, held in Germany, the UK, Asia and North America, young talents drive modern single-seater racing cars powered by 140bhp BMW engines, and gather their first racing experiences.

On Thursday, 18th May, many of the WTCC drivers including Andy Priaulx are going to present themselves to the fans in the Alex Reade Motorsport Store, 78 Regent Street in London. Two autograph sessions (12:00 to 13:00hrs and 15:00 to 16:00 hrs BST) are scheduled.

The two WTCC rounds are both 12-lap races, covering a total distance of 50.64 kilometres per race. The first round will start at 14:15hrs BST (15:15hrs CET), the second at 15:25hrs BST (16:25hrs CET). EUROSPORT provides live race coverage.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Nigel Mansell , Niki Lauda , Marcel Costa , Mario Theissen