The recent villager's day, held at the world famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent saw 500 local residents raise almost £3000 for local charities. This year saw the sixth year of the event.

The event, which was held, last Saturday, 6th February, saw residents who lived within one mile of the track come down for a community day filled with driving master classes, passenger rides and behind-the-scenes tour of the circuit.

For a £6 donation to charity, those who attended were able to get behind the wheel of some of the tracks driving experience vehicles, the BMW M3, the Peugeot 206 rally car and the Land Rover Defender, while an experienced Brands Hatch instructor providing flying passenger laps in a Le Mans style Jaguar, while the children had a karting experience, courtesy of Buckmore Park.

The event raised almost £3000 in total, which will be split between the good causes in the local community by the Brands Hatch Liaison Group, headed by the circuits' owner, Motorsport Vision's Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer.

The circuit manager, Mike Groves, said about the event: “Villagers’ Day is a great way for us to engage with members of the community whilst raising money for local causes, and despite some unpleasant weather in the morning it was nice to see another strong turnout.

“All our guests seemed to enjoy the day and the circuit tours proved as popular as the driving activities. I think many people were surprised by just how much hard work goes on behind the scenes to run Brands Hatch on a daily basis.”