Brands Hatch newsletter 2008-07-04

Britain's got talent THE MARK OF A CHAMPION First it was Mansell-mania, then Damon Hill became this country's big draw for the British Grand Prix. Now, at Britain's eagerly-anticipated Formula 1 round this weekend, all eyes will be on Lewis ...

Britain's got talent

THE MARK OF A CHAMPION

First it was Mansell-mania, then Damon Hill became this country's big draw for the British Grand Prix. Now, at Britain's eagerly-anticipated Formula 1 round this weekend, all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton as he bids to become the first Briton to take the F1 title since 1996.

But you don't have to wait 12 years for a British World Champion in top-level global motorsport. In fact, we've had one for the last three years.

Britain's Andy Priaulx clinched the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and now he is coming home for Britain's WTCC rounds that take place on 26/27 July at Brands Hatch. His sights are firmly set on a record fourth world title, which would consolidate his status as Britain's most successful current racing driver.

The WTCC is one of only three motor racing championships that is granted full FIA status, alongside Formula 1 and World Rally. Priaulx's unique achievements in this highly-competitive arena led Autosport magazine, the world's most respected motorsport publication, to describe him as ‘Britain's Schumacher'. Now you can see the master in action at Brands Hatch.

The historic Kent circuit, within easy reach of London, was a former venue for the British Grand Prix, where Nigel Mansell took one of his most famous wins in 1986. Two years earlier Damon Hill claimed his first major motorsport win there as a fresh-faced youngster of 24, in the 350cc Clubmans Cup bike race.

Priaulx has also made his mark on the circuit by storming to a stunning win there last year as part of his remarkable run of title successes; something which Hamilton can only dream about at the moment.

-credit: fiawtcc.com.

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Nigel Mansell , Lewis Hamilton , Damon Hill