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BRANDS HATCH INDY

Although its World Superbike glory days are a distant memory, Brands Hatch Indy is still an absolutely blistering track situated in the heart of Kent. Short and sweet, its layout is a favourite for trackdayers and racers of all levels. Here’s how to ride it!

YOUR GUIDE TO MASTERING THE BEST OF BRITISH CIRCUITS

1. Brabham Straight

Brands’ start-finish straight may be called Brabham Straight, but it’s fair to say you won’t be getting any time to rest. You’ve just exited Clarke Curve which means you’ll be hard on the gas and holding on for dear life as you drift over to the left hand side of the track over all the bumps – just watch the British Superbike riders go through there to get an idea of how bumpy it is.

Although you will be constantly turning right, the start-finish straight is nicely cambered in your favour (for the most part) which helps. The track dips away before the rise into turn one, so be aware that the bike can go light just as you are thinking about reaching for the brakes. Here you’ll probably be in about fifth gear (bike dependant) so it’s quick and you need to concentrate on getting the bike settled as best as you can before Paddock Hill.

2. Paddock Hill Bend

It’s absolutely vital to get your bodyweight shifted to the inside of the bike before you hit the rise on the entry to the corner as when you’re hard on the brakes and bashing down the box the bike will be unsettled enough without a big lump of meat moving around on top!

For this reason you need to be ready before the braking zone, which can be anywhere between the start-finish line and the top of the crest – dependant on the size of both your engine and your balls. If you’re closer to the latter (about where a 600cc bike would hit the anchors) then it’s best to not hit the brakes at the very top too hard, as it can make the bike incredibly flighty at the rear. Paddock Hill is a long corner that tightens up all the way until you meet the apex. On the way in, stay just to the left of the pit lane exit (white) line.

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