The British Superbike Championship is offering fans unprecedented access and behind-the-scenes fun completely free of charge by opening the doors at Brands Hatch a day earlier ahead of of the upcoming 'Big Brands Bash' at Brands Hatch on 18-20 July.

For the first time, the circuit will be fully open on Thursday afternoon (the 17th July), and spectators will have unprecedented behind-the-scenes access as preparations for the weekend ahead are concluded. Gates will be open from midday - the same time the huge Brands Hatch campsite opens its doors - and access is completely free of charge.

The Monster Energy rig at Clark Curve will host exclusive interviews with MCE BSB riders, offering all the latest gossip from the paddock ahead of the weekend. And the pit lane will be accessible to the public from 3pm for two hours to enable fans to see the teams and riders up close, with opportunities for autographs and photos.

The circuit itself will then be open from 5pm to 6pm for an official track walk for fans around the classic 2.3 mile Grand Prix layout. The famous Kentagon Restaurant and bar and other food and drink units will be open all afternoon and into the night.

"We're really pleased to announce the Monster Energy Fans' Thursday will form part of the Big Brands Bash this year," said MCE BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs. "There will be a party atmosphere all weekend and a fantastic programme of racing, and it will be great to kick it off by offering fans the chance to mingle with their heroes and access parts of the circuit they may never have experienced before."

The party weekend continues into Saturday's MCE BSB qualifying day when double World Superbike champion James Toseland headlines the campsite music stage in the evening, with admission free of charge to all valid MCE BSB ticket