South East drivers get set for Brands Hatch appearance

Brands Hatch is all set for a host of local racing talent to hit the track when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship has its third race weekend of the season over the May Bank Holiday, 1-2 May.

The local talent goes from young Ginetta Junior drivers to an eight car assault over two championships from a local based outfit. Among the local drivers and teams, they will come from Kent, Essex and Sussex, looking for victory at their local track.

Wrotham based Airwaves BMW are currently leading the HiQ Teams Standings in the BTCC and the Teams Championship in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

The team are running a pair of cars in the BTCC for 2008 runner up Mat Jackson and Steven Kane, who raced with the team in 2008, taking their first podium. Kane secured his first victory last time out at Thruxton, and led home the sister car of Jackson to secure the teams first one, two finish.

In the Carrera Cup, the team are running a history making six cars in the series, with two cars in each of the three categories. Michael Caine, the team lead is currently second in the standings after a double podium visit at Thruxton.

For Tom Chilton, he returns to the circuit where he became part of history – just the wrong part of it as he lost out on his first win of the 2009 season and the first win for Ford since 2000.

Chilton is one of the more colourful characters in the BTCC Paddock, with his spiky blonde hair and his exuberant driving style. Chilton spent the winter chasing young ladies after appearing on ITV1's dating show 'Take Me Out'.

2010 will see the twenty five year old Surrey racer return to the circuit and looking to go one better than 2009, when Jason Plato out dragged the Ford Focus ST on the run to the line at the end of the first race.

The VW name made its welcome return to the BTCC grid at Thruxton with former Brands Hatch instructor Shaun Hollamby and his AmD Milltek Racing team.

Hollamby considers the 2010 season as a learning year as the Thurrock based outfit works in increasing the Golf's reliability and performance. Hollamby and the team have already built up a big fan base; the pitlane walkabout at Thruxton saw the team as the third most popular behind former Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi and 2001 Champion Jason Plato.

Jake Hill, son of ITV4 commentator Simon is one of the brightest prospects to have graced the UK Motorsport scene in recent times, and returns to the venue where he secured a double victory during the 2009 season finale.

The sixteen year old from Goudhurst made an immediate impact on his racing debut having led a race and scored a podium finish during the Ginetta Junior winter series.

2009 saw Hill claim three wins five podiums and five pole positions in an impressive part season – Hill led every race he started.

2010 is Hill’s second season in the series and is the current Championship leader after a strong opening round at Thruxton, including winning the second race of the day.

As well as the trio of BTCC races round the Grand Prix loop at Brands Hatch, race fans will also get to see another eleven races from the five support categories: three in the Ginetta G50 Cup, two for the Ginetta Junior Championship, two for the Elf Renault Clio Cup, two for the Formula Renault UK Championship and two in the Porsche Carrera Cup.

Away from the on track action, there will be a free pitlane walkabout for the fans to collect the autographs of their favourite drivers.