History The story of the Brands Hatch Circuit began in the 1920s, when a group of cyclists from nearby Gravesend saw potential in the innocent grassy hollow, shaped like an amphitheatre. Exploiting the natural lie of the land, they invited fellow cyclists to the site, and held time trials on dirt tracks carved out by farm machinery. Slowly, the popularity of the track saw it extended to incorporate motorcycles. It was in use up until World War II, when bombing raids reduced its capability to hold races. After the war the track was enhanced and tarmac was laid so that cars could race too! Entertaining the Grand Prix on 12 occasions between 1964 and 1986, Brands Hatch Circuit today hosts high-profile races! Over the years, motoring legends such as James Hunt, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna have competed and won on this iconic track.