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If you fancy flinging an MX5 around , head to Brands Hatch and go drifting! Going fast in a straight line is great fun, but sliding sideways around a bend at serious speed is just out of this world. It takes skill, concentration and maybe a bit of beginner's luck, but this is an amazing experience in Kent.
First up we must mention the instructing team at this Brands Hatch school. Head honcho Rich Newton has many, many years of experience judging drifting competitions (no pressure to try and impress him then!) and when we tell you chief instructor Kenny Lam is known as the grandfather of British drifting, we think you get the idea of the calibre of this Kentish school.
As for the cars, we're talking Mazda MX5s. Upgraded bits and bobs all over the car mean these white and black liveried little sports cars are nothing like the ones you see cruising the High Street. Maintaining and running a drift car takes a lot of money and mechanical skill, with the tyres being changed more often than we've had hot dinners, but it's hardly surprising after these guys have been playing for a few hours.
We have two experiences for those who want to drift and one for those want to be drifted. On the Intro and Half Day sessions you'll be taking your MX5 around a zoned off area of the paddocks here at Brands. You'll start learning the basics on the training pen, where you'll get a feel for the sensation of swinging the car out. Then you'll move on to mastering doughnuts, before taking it one step further to perfect figures of eight.
Those on the longer half dayer get a whole bunch of laps on the short drift circuit that has been set up at in this corner of Brands Hatch to bring your total driving time up to 65 minutes. Now that's a lot of sliding and tyre screeching.
If you opt for the drifter passenger experience, you will be taken out onto the drifting course by one of the school's top instructors in a top-notch car. This is where it gets serious, so it's full face race helmet on and get ready to go head to head with another car. And it seems the aim of the drifting game is to get as perilously close to your colleague as possible. Now we see the attraction of going to Brands hatch drifting - it's seat of your pants stuff for sure!
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