Brands Hatch undergoing construction for improvement works

The Brands Hatch circuit in the UK is currently undergoing construction works around the Clearways and Clark Curve.

The Brands Hatch Circuit in the UK is currently a construction zone, with work underway to improve safety at the Clearways and Clark Curve section.

While Brands Hatch is now more famous for hosting British Touring Cars, British F3 and DTM among other series, it held the Formula 1 British Grand Prix on twelve occasions – including notable races in 1976 and its final appearance in 1986.

Now owned by Jonathan Palmer, former F1 driver and father of Jolyon, the venue is rated as FIA Grade 2 but is aiming to improve safety standards by undergoing this construction work.

The Armco barriers and debris fencing are being pulled further away from the circuit at Clearways, with the gravel trap extended out. This reprofiles the corner, but allows for greater effectiveness of the gravel trap for when cars or bikes end up in it.

A raised viewing area is being built at this section, in order to ensure spectators are still able to watch the action around the outside of the final sector of the lap.

“This major on-track project is a hugely positive move which massively promotes the safety of competitors, both in car and motorcycle racing.” said circuit manager Mike Groves. “This development significantly increases the size of our gravel trap run-off at Clearways and Clark Curve but will continue to allow spectators to view from that area of the venue if they so wish.”

The circuit developments are on schedule to be completed in time for the first race meeting of Brands Hatch’s 2020 season, which is the BMCRS-MRO 2020 Bike Championships.

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