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    GT Track Evening - Open Evening
    The Drive-My summer track evening at Brands Hatch circuit in Kent proved a great success, drawing in a fine mix of Porsche cars. Story by Simon Jackson Photography: Rachel Johnston, Simon Jackson

    Soon after the pandemonium of #Le-Mans , another thrilling track-based event took place back in June, and it too featured a brace of hard-charging Porsches. Brands Hatch in Kent was the venue for the Drive-My track evening, a gathering of like-minded Porsche enthusiasts (both participating and spectating) on a sunny Monday evening. A favourite amongst professional, club and amateur track drivers, the Brands Hatch Indy circuit was opened up for a field of Porsche cars at our exclusive event. With an open pit lane and a realistic decibel limit, the evening was an affordable one and proved popular with Porsche fans from all walks of life.

    Taking to the track were both older and newer Porsche models, from track-biased #Porsche-944 s to fire-breathing GT3s, Boxsters, Caymans, 968s, air-cooled 911 SCs and water-cooled Carreras, which created a truly colourful and diverse sight on the Kent circuit’s glistening asphalt. After a briefing by the Brands Hatch team and a couple of sighting laps behind a safety car, the throng of Porsche cars present were free to take to the track, coming and going as they pleased throughout the evening.

    At first the circuit was packed with the sound of naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines, with every driver getting to grips with the famous venue’s layout. But as time passed the numbers on circuit dwindled, and those experienced hands wishing to push on were able to do so, with some impressive lines and committed treatment of the loud pedal. For the novices, of which there were several, this also provided breathing space with which to learn the circuit and how best to extract their car’s potential, pushing beyond that which would be possible on the road. Steadily growing in confidence, those new to circuit driving put in commendable performances gradually building pace and exploring different lines into the various corners.

    As cars darted in and out of the pit lane, the garage complexes were abuzz with driver swaps and setup tweaks, those who had come merely to spectate were able to grab a cup of coffee from the track’s pit facilities and to sit and watch from wherever they pleased – even the pit wall itself. Cameras and smart phones were wielded by most in attendance, and it was great to see so many people enjoying their evening!

    One thing that is wholly apparent from an evening such as this is the camaraderie and friendly nature of Porsche owners, with many swapping stories about their experiences on track, or simply chatting ‘Porsche’. This atmosphere prevailed on track too, with all drivers displaying admirable patience with one another and allowing room for fellow participants. We were glad to not witness any intimidating driving as can so often be the case, almost definitely the result of our evening being a ‘Porsche only’ event – no sign of pesky Caterhams or rude Radicals here! As the evening drew on, a hardcore mix of participants pounded around the track getting the most from their attendance. We saw everything from #Porsche-991 s to #Porsche-911SC s being driven as they were intended, but there were also some quick Caymans and Boxsters being put through their paces – these cars make such fantastic track day machines and are that bit cheaper to purchase and run than a #Porsche-911 . The sight of a few 968s went down well too, the model is known for its ability on track and the owners of these particular cars showed they knew exactly what they were doing displaying some nicely executed lines.

    From the feedback we received everyone involved seemed to enjoy the experience, which means we hope to bring you similar events in the future, though bigger and better than anything we’ve tackled before. Keep a watchful eye on this space…

    Below: Those in attendance received a free copy of #Drive-My and some just couldn’t wait until they got home to read their copy…

    From 991s to #Porsche-968 s, there was a great variety of metal on track, and a good mix of #Porsche cars off track too…

    We were glad to see a diverse mix of road (above) and track-orientated (below) machinery in attendance.
    ‏ — at Brands Hatch Road, Longfield, Kent DA3, UK
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