Brands Hatch Prepares For Aston Martin Celebrations

Bruno Senna - with Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke - scored a sensation win on his WEC debut (Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

Aston Martin will be taking over Brands Hatch this weekend as the Kent circuit prepares to host the iconic manufacturer’s centenary celebrations.

The weekend’s on track action will be headlined by two special centenary races on the full Brands Hatch Grand Prix layout on Sunday, which includes a full grid of GT cars representing Aston Martin’s racing presence over the last decade.

Celebrity chef James Martin, who recently won his first motor race at Brands Hatch, will be driving alongside Aston Martin chairman David Richards, joining the likes of Aston Martin Racing Managing Director John Gaw and Lord Drayson in the special races.

The current Aston Martin GTE, complete with Gulf Oil livery, will also make an appearance at the meeting, with current Aston Martin racer Bruno Senna, nephew of Ayrton, taking part in autograph sessions throughout the day.

Along with the modern-day Aston Martins, there will be a display from the brand’s illustrious history, including the 1980s Nimrod, which will be driven by original driver Ray Mallock. Joining the Nimrod on display will be the AMR1, built for the 1989 World Sports Prototype Championship and the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hour class-winning 6 litre, V12 DBR9 GT1, complete with mud and oil from the Le Mans victory.

Two of Aston Martin’s rarest cars will be on display at Brands Hatch, including the DB4 GT Zagato, one of only 19 built and road-going version valued at over £1 million and the DB7 GT, one of only two prototypes made and the only one still in existance, tested by Sir Stirling Moss.