The life and achievements of Barry Sheene will be commemorated for ever following recent earthworks at Brands Hatch.

The legendary British road racer, who died after a short battle with cancer on 10 March, will have the reworked Dingle Dell section of the Kent circuit named in his honour when it re-opens ahead of the new season. The old Dingle Dell chicane, which often saw cars get airborne after clipping the kerbs, has been replaced by a sweeping right-hand corner at the behest of the World Superbike Championship.

Sheene Curve forms part of a ?1.7million pound development programme at the circuit, which hopes to maintain its world-class roster of events in spite of reported financial problems at owner octagon. The circuit has already attracted the UK's annual CART Champ Car race, although this will not use the new Sheene section as it runs on the Indy circuit.

Sheene won back-to-back world titles in 1975 and 1976, but made his bike racing debut at Brands Hatch.

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