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Legends star in Interserie Revival race at Brands Hatch Masters Festival

Thursday, May 26 2011

With the Grand Prix and World Sportscar Masters races claiming top billing at this weekend's Masters Festival at Brands Hatch (28-30 May), a further highlight is the Interserie Revival series, with races on Sunday and Monday on the legendary Grand Prix circuit.

Launched in 1970, the Interserie originally ran to Group 7 regulations, which meant that the races were usually contested by the big bangers from Can-Am. One of the highlights of this weekend's grid will certainly be an eight-litre McLaren M8, the team dominating the Canadian-American Challenge Cup in the late '60s and early '70s.

The grid also features a trio of Matra MS670Bs from the classic days of Le Mans - not only are these a rare sight but the Matra V12 evokes fond memories from all who heard the sound of an engine that was like no other. Make sure you're there as they accelerate into Pilgrim's Drop!

Alongside these spectacular cars, a Touring Car class includes a trio of BMW CSLs, with one of the classic 'Batmobiles' being pedalled by John Fitzpatrick. The touring and sports car legend returns to compete at the circuit for the first time since he won the 1983 Brands Hatch 1000km race in a Porsche 956 with F1 star Derek Warwick.

"I am delighted to be going back to Brands Hatch", said John of his imminent return. "I consider the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch to be the best and most challenging circuit in the UK, and the most interesting for spectators. Brands Hatch brings back many good memories for me. I won my first race there in an 850 Mini back in the 1960s and I won my last race international race there in 1983.

"The BMW CSL is the best handling touring car I ever drove and it took me to two of my best wins, the six hours of the Nürburgring in 1972 and the 1000kms at Silverstone in 1976."

Tickets for the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch on 28-30 May cost £12 on the gate on Saturday and £21 on Sunday and Monday for adults. Entry is free for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click on the link below.