PH BLOG: BRANDS - A WHOLE NEW CIRCUIT
Indy schmindy, Dan's had a taste of 'proper' Brands Hatch and has a new favourite track
Radical SR3 SL and Ginetta G40R are viable to drive to and from the track as well (point proven by a road-legal G40R that won this weekend's Club MSV Team Trophy at Cadwell) as on it if you're racing, camping or just want to eat up the long motorway miles in comfort slinging your track toy on a trailer isn't a daft idea at all.
Suffice to say, our Transporter was far from the only van in the Brands paddock with a trailer on the back, the racy looking Sportline definitely one of the cooler ones though. But I'm clearly biased.
So much for getting it there though. What about the track?
Crazy weather with, at one point, baking sunshine at Paddock and a raging thunderstorm at Druids (yes, really) added to the fun but after a couple of sessions the speed was really coming, a bootful of brake and fourth gear into Hawthorn eventually becoming a little lift in fifth and idle speculation about whether trying it flat would be a good idea.
recent PH Fleet update on his Elise and musing on why, post suspension upgrades, he had less confidence in it. PHer Max Torque offered up a very detailed and plausible possible explanation, centring on the idea that the car had greater grip now but 'felt' more jumpy and less confidence inspiring, meaning Danny felt less comfortable pushing it hard.
I got exactly the same feeling from the Supersports. Sharper, more pointy and much more 'lively' with its stiffer suspension and limited-slip diff I felt a lot more relaxed in the Roadsport. But then we had just spent a week together.
Fear makes you stronger though, right? And it's funny how what was once terrifying quickly becomes a life enhancing thrill, that near-flat run through Hawthorn, dab and flick into Westfield and Dingle Dell and dammit, could've gone quicker there combination of Sheene and Stirling among the finest collection of corners I've been lucky enough to experience anywhere. Clearways is a very different corner from the one I've known from Indy days too. Especially with a fresh sheen of water that wasn't there last lap.
coming up in August) and bikes. Yes, there's a hearty price premium as a result. And it may well ruin the Indy for you for ever more. But if you ever get a chance to drive (or ride) the GP it's one you shouldn't turn down.