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Gadget Show whizzes into Brands Hatch

Monday, September 18 2017

Fast cars and video games were on the agenda when The Gadget Show visited Brands Hatch today (Monday 18 September) for a spot of filming ahead of this autumn's new series. Presenter Ortis Deley was joined by racing driver Nicolas Hamilton - younger brother of three-time F1 Champion Lewis - for the feature which will be broadcast on Channel 5 on 27 October. 

Ortis and Nicolas took to the world-famous Indy circuit in a stunning Mercedes-AMG C63 S Launch Edition. This was Ortis's first on-track experience at the Kent circuit, and he was offered tips on how to improve his technique by Renault UK Clio Cup racer Hamilton, who also has experience in the British Touring Car Championship. 

Deley said: "The sheer, visceral joy of joy of being in a luxury sports car and taking it round a legendary track, you can't really fake that. I've come here and I've watched races, I've watched both bikes and cars and I'm aware of the status that Brands Hatch has, so even if you'd given me a Robin Reliant to go around in I'd be very excited.

"Probably for me, there is too much to be aware of - and not just braking and turning. It's lines, it's weather conditions, it's whether you've got the right tyres on, it's the car you're driving, it's the weight distribution, are you too scared to take the turn at high speed?

"There are so many variables to be concerned with, I guess that's what makes it so exciting. As daunting as it was trying to carry all those variables and make them work for me, it was enjoyable."

Hamilton added: "Personally for me this is one of my favourite circuits. I love Brands Hatch, especially the GP circuit. The characteristics are great and it's a great circuit to learn from because there are so many undulations from turn one, turn two all the way down. Braking towards Graham Hill is always difficult and you've got to keep the car straight and really work on the technique of braking in a straight line, getting off the brake and then turning."

When asked if his pupil for the day had what it took to become a racing driver, Hamilton quipped: "Maybe a safety car driver..."

To find out exactly what Ortis and Nicolas were up to, you will have to tune into the Gadget Show on Channel 5 on 27 October.