18 April 2019
Time to learn a new circuit, Brands Hatch GP. I set off the night before with my performance driving coach, Gary Marsh, and after a grizzly few hours on the M25 - we made it to the hotel. For long distance trackdays, it’s well worth going up the night before.
After some good old Fish ‘n Chips and a few beers it was time to head to bed with an early start.
Here are some highlight photos from the day.
Brands GP is full of steep elevation changes, g-force corners, head-height bridges that you instinctively duck under whilst passing under them at 125mph (200kmh).
After setting some initial morning lap times of
~1:52s, I set out to get below
1:50s before the end of the day. After a
1:50.59s I knew it was achievable and focused on some extra pace.
After an outlap, I hit a
1:48.63s followed by a
1:48.17s. Below is a recording from Gary’s RaceLogic which - unknown to me ;) - was recording my lap times.
With an ambient temperature of around 24°C (75°F), there was room to lean on the car and load it up through the corners - some great results!
Highlights from the trip were keeping up with a GT3 Cup Car (500kg lighter) for the majority of a lap, and chasing/overtaking a Ginetta race car.
Oh, and be cautious of the noise limits at Brands Hatch, you might find yourselves also getting black flagged! Short-shifting it is.