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Brands the perfect place for BTCC finale.

Alan Gow, the series director of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, has said that Brands Hatch will be the perfect place to conclude the 2008 season.

The Kent circuit was the scene of the dramatic shootout that decided the first ever BTCC title back in 1958, after Jack Sears and Tommy Sopwith took part in two short races to see who would lift the crown having finished the season tied on points.

This time around, the title fight is more of less decided, with Fabrizio Giovanardi needing just nine points to lift his second straight title, but the fight for Independent honours and third overall between Mat Jackson and Colin Turkington is set to go to the wire.

With the Indy layout at Brands Hatch being one of the best on the calendar for spectator viewing, Gow said that fans attending the weekend were in for plenty of action as the titles are decided and said that the famed venue was the perfect place for the season to draw to a close.

"Brands Hatch is the perfect venue to end the BTCC's 50th anniversary season and a great place for the new Champion to be crowned," he said. "History aside, it is one of the world's most famous motor racing circuits and, with the improvements made to spectator facilities by its owner MotorSport Vision, now ranks as one of the very best sporting venues anywhere in the UK.

"Spectator viewing at Brands has always been exceptional and from many areas the crowds see almost the entire lap unfold. With the non-stop action in the BTCC, that's a lot of bang for your buck.

"The Indy circuit lay-out always keeps the racing close and really tests the drivers' nerves in places. Take Paddock Hill Bend - it's got drama written all over it. Indeed, some of the BTCC's most exciting races have been played out at Brands Hatch down the years. Given that this is Finals Day and several titles are still to be decided, there are bound to be plenty of nerves on the grid.

"The crowds are in for an exceptional day of motor racing and we very much look forward to welcoming them to Brands Hatch a week on Sunday."


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