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Taylor’s Tour…..

Henry Taylor’s day job is running a mortgage broking business in Eastbourne on the south coast of England, when not taking part in the Seat Cupra Championship

Taylor managing director, Henry Taylor Services

This weekend sees the SEAT Cupra Championship make its visit to the famous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, for the final round of the 2005 series.

Brands Hatch has played host to many famous races over the years including the likes of Nelson Piquet winning his last ever Grand Prix race. Now it plays host to the SEAT championship. Tom Boardman is set to take the title at Brands but for the rest of us it’s all to play for.

Due to a rule infringement on one of the cars at the Silverstone race, Alan Blencowe was docked 25 points in his championship campaign, meaning I am only three points behind him in the championship. If I can get three points more than him in the two races at Brands, I will move up to fifth in the championship and take a 10,000 prize. It would be great to achieve this as we have not had luck on our side this year. Our problems meant I missed five races and so a fifth position in the final standings would be good.

I have been instructing at Brands for the past few months, so I am familiar with the Indy circuit. It uses most of the Grand Prix circuit, the only difference being that at Surtees you turn off into the woods for some high speed corners. Dingle Dell used to be the place to watch the touring cars from, as you could see the cars flying through the air. They have now revised this corner as it was apparently too dangerous.

The famous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is in Fawkham in Kent, not far from the Dartford Tunnel. It’s a great venue for the SEAT Cupra Championship. The Grand Prix circuit is one of the greatest circuits in the world. It has many unusual features including undulating hills, fast corners and hairpins. All this creates an unusual challenge to drive around. Paddock Hill bend is probably one of the most famous corners in the world. It is a fast corner, which drops away from you as you enter it. Being such a steep drop you really feel the G force as you drop down this cliff of a corner.

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