Former F1 title winner Damon Hill is to return to racing later this month when he joins the grid at Brands Hatch for the British round of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup.

Hill is one of a number of guest drivers who will take part in the race meeting, with Mark Blundell, Perry McCarthy, Julian Bailey, Martin Donnelly and David Brabham also in action at the wheel of identical Scirocco R race cars.

With the exception of Brabham, the other five drivers are all members of the 1980s racing gang who rose through the ranks of Formula Ford, Formula Three, Formula 3000 and into Formula One giving themselves the name 'Rat Pack'. Through all the years of competition the drivers have remained close friends and are gathering together to enjoy some healthy competition while raising money for Hill's charity, HALOW - which helps to support young people with a learning disability.

"Perry, Julian and I are coming out of retirement for this race," Hill, who hasn't raced since 1999, said, "so we are sure to be pretty rusty. But it promises to be a great weekend for all friends and family to get together and a great way to draw attention to the aims and objectives of the charity. I am looking forward to it."

McCarthy, who helped to organise the racing reunion, said he was looking forward to a weekend of run as the former F1 racers return to action together.

"We are all really good friends and we have regular reunions," he said. "This one will be a bit more serious but we are all looking forward to it. I haven't actually sat in a racing car for eight years so I don't expect great things but it will be a lot of fun and we will be ready for a party when the chequered flag is waved."

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