Fittipaldi excited by Brands Hatch return

Emerson Fittipaldi, partner in Fittipald-Dingman Racing - is one of many looking forward to the Champ Car series' trip across the Atlantic Ocean for round four at Brands Hatch on May 4. However, his passion for the Kent circuit is greater than most as it was a landmark circuit in his illustrious career

Fittipaldi excited by Brands Hatch return

It was here in 1969 that he scored his first Formula 3 victory and here a year later that he made his Formula 1 debut, for Lotus. Then, in 1972, Emerson won the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch and used that experience to good effect to win that summer's British Grand Prix.

Emerson would have raced on the full Grand Prix circuit in his F1 days, but he knows that Brands Hatch's short Indy circuit offers a fabulous racing spectacle. "It's a very fast, short track," enthuses the Brazilian, "and with an expected lap time of around 32 seconds the leaders should be lapping slower traffic after about 15 laps."

Fittipaldi-Dingman's driver Tiago Monteiro is also excited about the visit to Brands Hatch, as it will almost be a "home race" for the Portuguese pilot and the first time that some of his sponsors will be able to see the car in action.

To find out more of what Emerson thinks, buy this week's Autosport on Thursday, in which he has written the Last Lap column.

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