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DTM: Brands Hatch (GB)


When:
May 19, 2013 – May 21, 2013 all-day
2013-05-19T05:00:00+00:00
2013-05-21T05:00:00+00:00
Where:
Brands Hatch (GB)
Brands Hatch Road
Longfield, Kent DA3
UK

Brands Hatch is another race track on the calendar with very special characteristics. The so-called “Indy Circuit” is merely 1.929 kilometers long and has clearly more right-hand than left-hand turns. 98 laps have to be completed in the race, challenging the teams to make all the right strategic decisions. At no other circuit proper timing of the two mandatory pit stops is as important as it is at Brands Hatch.

Track info

Track length: 1.929 km
Race distance: 98 laps = 189.042 km
DTM track record in qualifying: Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz), 41.278s = 168.235 km/h (Sep 04, 2010)
DTM track record in the race: Miguel Molina (Audi), 41.896s = 165.753 km/h (Sep 05, 2010)
Pole position 2011: Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), 42.090s = 164,989 km/h
Fastest lap 2011: Martin Tomczyk (Audi), 49.805s = 139,432 km/h
Turnout 2011: 21,000
TV live rating 2011: 1.24 million/9.8 % market share (source: ARD)

Mattias Ekström about Brands Hatch: “A classic English race track. It’s narrow and bumpy in some places. You can’t afford to make any mistakes because there are hardly any run-off areas. Personally, I’ve had good and bad experiences there. Like the Norisring, Brands Hatch has only a few turns. But they are very special, particularly turn one. The circuit – which, by the way, is the shortest one on the DTM calendar – offers only few opportunities for overtaking. Although there’s a lot of talk about the typical English weather we’ve only had rain there once with the DTM. Brands Hatch normally has good grip but the organizers always made a few minor modifications in recent years so that we often encountered some small surprises in the first practice session.”

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