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Hakkinen, Alesi and Kristensen return to Brands Hatch for 2006 DTM

Hakkinen, Alesi and Kristensen return to Brands Hatch for 2006 DTM image

Text: / Photos: | posted April 04, 2005 00:00

Mika Hakkinen, Jean Alesi, Tom Kristensen and Gary Paffett will compete on British soil next summer when the popular DTM touring car series visits Brands Hatch on July 2.

It will be the first opportunity since 2003 for British fans to enjoy the dramatic action of the world's fastest touring car series. The announcement is the start of a three-year agreement for the famous Kent circuit.

With Audi having just confirmed its participation for the next three years, a titanic battle with Mercedes is guaranteed with machines featuring some of the most sophisticated technology seen in touring car racing anywhere in the world.

Britain's, Gary Paffett beat all-comers in 2005 to clinch the prestigious DTM crown and put him in pole position as a future F1 star. He will once again line-up alongside former F1 drivers, Mika Hakkinen and Jean Alesi and seven times Audi Le Mans 24 Hour winner, Tom Kristensen in the high profile touring car series.

Motorsport Vision Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer commented: "I am thrilled that we have been able to conclude an agreement to host the British round of the DTM at Brands Hatch next July. I was extremely impressed with the quality of the cars and the show when I visited an event recently. And then when I saw the sensational spectacle of the DTM Mercedes at Snetterton for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, I knew that we really must have these awesome cars at Brands Hatch!

"With so much of my own motorsport career involving German teams and product, I am very proud that MSV has been successful in evolving Brands Hatch to be so attractive to DTM. I have very fond memories of Zakspeed in F1, and Porsche and Mercedes in Group C, whilst we are about to start our ninth year running Formula Palmer Audi.

"Of course such quality of machinery attracts some of the best drivers in the world, and to have Mika Hakkinen racing at Brands along with Gary Paffett and the numerous other stars will be a great privilege. DTM at Brands Hatch will be a superb, must see, event for motorsport fans and there is no doubt it will be one the biggest events of our year".

Gary Paffett is sure to pull big support from his the home fans, drawn by the spectacular racing the 450 bhp V8 engined machines produce. British hopes will also be following another Mercedes-backed driver - Jamie Green. Like Paffett, Green is a past winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and enjoyed a successful debut year in 2005, impressing many with his speed.