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GT Cup heads MSVR Brands Hatch GP line up

Tuesday, May 31 2011

A selection of the world's most exotic sports cars will be on show as the MSVR GT Cup Championship heads to the Brands Hatch GP circuit on June 4-5.

Spectacular Porsches, Ferraris, BMWs and TVRs will make up the grid for two races held for the MSVR's Car Championships at the Kent circuit.

Former F1 driver Martin Brundle will also return to the Brands Hatch GP circuit this weekend to race alongside his son in the Radical UK Cup.

Andy Ruhan leads the GT Cup Championship standings going into the meeting at the 2.3-mile GP circuit, after recording a win and a fourth place finish at the last round at Oulton Park. But the Porsche 997 driver is not by any means running away with the championship, holding only a 12-point lead from David Tomlin, driving a Ferrari 430. The Porsche 996 of Francis Galashan leads Group 2, while Barclay Dougal tops Group 3. The GT Cup Championship will contest two sprint races on Sunday with qualifying on Saturday.

The popular Radical UK Cup and Radical Clubman's Cup will host six races in total. Bumper grids are expected as the UK Cup competitors will be joined by cars from the Euro Masters series for the event. An estimated 90 Radical cars are set to contest the meeting and the demand has forced the introduction of two specific races for the SR3 and SR8 versions of the sports car.

BBC broadcaster Martin Brundle will swap his microphone for the cockpit, as he plans to get behind the wheel again at the famous 2.3-mile Kent circuit for the first time since 1989. He will share a Radical SR8 with his son Alex, who competes in the FIA Formula Two Championship.

GP3 race winner Alexander Simms will also switch from open wheel racing to join the packed Radical grid.

David Thorburn and Rob Wheldon currently hold a three point lead from the Marks Electrical car of Mark Smithson and Stuart Moseley in the Supersport Class of the UK Cup. The pair will be set to do battle in two 40 minute endurance races, involving a pit-stop and driver change. Manhal Allos leads the Masters Class.

The close racing of the MINI Challenge will be one of the highlights of the meeting, as they embark on their third round of the season. Celebrating its 10th year, the Mini Challenge is open to three variants of the modern BMW MINI.

The premier JCW category will see 220bhp MINIs challenging for victory. Former British Touring Car drivers Martin Depper and Arthur Forster will be amongst a competitive field vying for the top step of the podium.

Formula Ford single-seaters will once again entertain as the Champion of Brands visits the GP circuit for the first time this season. An intriguing battle for the Champion of Brands title is expected this weekend, as Josh Barnett looks to become the series' first ever two-time winner.

Also joining the action will be the Production BMW Championship and the Project 8 Racing Saloons.

The Production BMW Championship will see a packed grid of saloons constructed from 1983-1990.More than 70 cars have been entered for the event which will include an eclectic mix of Jaguars, Fords, BMWs, Renaults and a Hillman Avenger.
Both the Production BMW Championship and Project 8 Racing Saloons are expected to feature grids of 44 cars.

Tickets for the MSVR Club Car Championships at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on June 4-5 are available from £13 on the gate for adults with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.