CART confirms Brands Hatch race

CART boss Chris Pook has announced at the AUTOSPORT International show in Birmingham, UK, that Champ Cars will return to Brands Hatch this year

CART confirms Brands Hatch race

Pook confirmed that the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford series will race on the Brands Indy circuit layout on the May 3-5 Bank Holiday weekend. The event will be supported by the British Touring Car Championship.

Speaking on the AUTOSPORT central stage at the NEC in Birmingham, Pook said: "It's a fabulous race track for us and our cars and the public will be able to see virtually every aspect of it from anywhere on the circuit. The Indy circuit isn't really an oval but it is as close to a road racing oval as you are going to get.

"We have done some simulations and we have got a little bit of work to do, particularly at Paddock Hill Bend, which is one the world's most awe-inspiring turns. We are told that our entry speeds will be around 175mph and the cars will exit at around 150. It will certainly sort the men from the boys in a hurry."

He cited the circuit's location near to England's capital London as a major plus point for the event.

"With its proximity to London, [the track] will draw from the dedicated motorsport fans, not only in the UK, but from other countries too," he added. "CART is committed to expanding in Europe and Brands Hatch is a strategic move forward in our development plans."

The last time CART raced at Brands was in 1978, when Rick Mears won in a Penske-Cosworth. CART has raced in Britain for two years at the Rockingham oval.

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