The FIA Thorough-Bred Grand Prix Championship [TGP] has announced that the world's premier historic GP championship will return to race on the GP circuit at Brands Hatch this year, September 25, as a support event to the inaugural A1 GP series.

The announcement follows campaigning by the TGP to get Brands' management to get the necessary activities under way to develop the grand prix 'loop' and revive the circuit's past glories, something now accomplished following Jonathan Palmer's arrival at track.

"We're pleased to have been driving the case forward for the renewal of the Grand Prix circuit licence at Brands Hatch," commented Oli McCrudden, TGP Championship co-ordinator.

"It's a circuit that drivers and spectators love. It's got that magic and character that's comparable to Spa and Monza and to have our iconic cars out racing on such a famous circuit has been our goal for some time now."

The TGP last raced at Brands in 2002 when the race was held on the short, 'Indy' circuit due to the FIA regulations restricting TGP races to circuits with class 2 track licenses [for F3000 level].

"It made a very exciting spectacle but drivers' tended to get a little dizzy." stated McCrudden.

"To be part of the inaugural A1 GP event is another honour for TGP," he added.

"We were at the first Bahrain GP in 2004 to introduce the heritage and excitement of classic grand prix racing to the fans.

"Now we'll have the chance to give the UK's motorsport fans at the A1 GP event the chance to see Lotus, McLaren, Williams, Ferraris, Tyrrell, March, Arrows, Surtees and many more GP cars all battling away at Brands."

The A1 GP Series sees identical cars being competed for national teams. The UK effort is lead by former world champion - on two wheels and four - John Surtees, who will have a chance to be reunited with some of his old cars that he designed and raced and that are now competing in TGP.

 

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