Season roars to life at Brands Hatch

Season roars to life at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch roars into life!

Physical Digital was delighted to attend the BTCC season opener at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit as sponsors of the West Surrey Racing team.

The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) started on 1st April 2017 at Brands Hatch, with the practice and qualifying heats before the first three races on Sunday 2nd April. Physical Digital attended as sponsors of West Surrey Racing’s BMW team, having already provided 3D scanning of the BMW engine.

Colin Turkington Thumbs Up For Umbraco

Speaking before the season began, Colin Turkington, one of the West Surrey Racing drivers, anticipated a close-fought season ahead, starting with the opener at Brands Hatch: "The focus for this weekend is to be consistent and score well in each race. It's a long season ahead but I'm confident we can hit the ground running."

Saturday 1st April Practice and Qualifying Rounds

April showers and red flag stoppages for other race teams cost Team BMW drivers Colin Turkington and Rob Collard vital seconds in the race for the front in the qualifying rounds on 1st April. Northern Irishman Colin achieved fifth place by the end of the day, although for the early part of the rounds he was leading by 0.5 seconds. 

April Showers At Brands Hatch

Showers failed to dampen the spirits of sponsors Physical Digital and guests at Saturday's Qualifiers

Rob Collard will start the first of Sunday's races in place 15 after he was held up considerably by the two red flags and slower drivers in front, along with the rain showers affecting his lap times. Both drivers were inside the top three early in the qualifiers and were aiming for higher grid positions reflecting their morning practice until the incidents and then rain slowed their pace. 

Brands Hatch Indy Circuit

Brands Hatch Circuit is located near Swanley in Kent and has been operating as a race track since 1926. The land was originally used for grass track bike racing where competitors raced anti-clockwise, but this changed in 1954 when the direction was switched to clockwise racing. 
The race track offers two circuit layout configurations. The “Indy Circuit” is the smaller track, being 1.2 miles, and the Grand Prix track which is 2.433 miles. The track is one of the world’s favourite racing circuits due to its unique combinations of dips, cambers, corners and hills.

One of the world’s most iconic sports venues, Brands Hatch has hosted a variety of prestigious motorsport events on both two and four wheels. The race track even became a London 2012 venue for the Paralympics, hosting the Road Cycling events.

This year’s British Touring Car Championship kicked off on Saturday 1st April at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, where it accommodated three races, rounds 1-3. Surrounded by a natural amphitheatre, the Indy Circuit allows spectators to view almost the entirety of the circuit from wherever they watch. The BTCC has been using Brands Hatch since the series began in 1958.

The BTCC season will be returning for the grand finale in October on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, where the final race will take place and the overall winner will be crowned.

To find out more information about Physical Digital’s sponsorship of West Surrey Racing or of how we can transform your engineering or design project, contact us on 01483 750200 or email

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