Tuesday 20 February 2018

Man held over Brands Hatch drive

An investigation has been launched after a car was driven onto Brands Hatch in Kent during a race
An investigation has been launched after a car was driven onto Brands Hatch in Kent during a race

A man has been arrested after a car was driven onto the former Formula One circuit at Brands Hatch in Kent on Saturday.

Kent police said the 21-year-old from Tonbridge was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.

A video of the car entering the race track in West Kingsdown during a Fun Cup race was filmed by the backseat passenger, shared online and has been viewed more than 200,000 times.

A police spokesperson said: "On Sunday 15 June, Kent Police was made aware of a report of possible offences committed at Brands Hatch race track in West Kingsdown.

"Officers have today (Monday 16 June) arrested a 21-year-old man from Tonbridge on suspicion of false imprisonment. He remains in police custody."

An investigation into the incident involving Kent Police, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and circuit operators MotorSport Vision (MSV) was launched today.

In a statement the MSA said it is "extremely concerned" by Saturday's incident during which a white Volkswagen car, carrying two passengers as well as the driver, who is referred to throughout the video as 'Jack', is seen making its way along the track during a race as other cars pass by.

The female sitting in the passenger seat asks near the beginning of the three-minute-17-second video: "Does anyone not think it's weird that no-one's said anything?"

A few seconds later as the car enters the race track she begins to scream, begging the driver to stop as he and a person sitting in the back holding the camera phone laugh.

The girl later says: "I do not believe this, we will get arrested," before the car pulls over.

The video provoked outrage on Twitter.

NBC Motorsport commentator and journalist Will Buxton questioned how the car was able to get onto the track.

"The driver may be a complete idiot, but he should never have got even close to the paddock, let alone the pit lane or track," he tweeted.

A second video shows the car during the race, with a commentator asking: "Why is there a Volkswagen Golf on the track? I know these are VW Beetles, but that's not quite right is it?"

A British Racing and Sports Car Club spokesman said: "On Saturday afternoon during our race meeting at Brands Hatch, an unauthorised private car gained access to the live circuit while the Fun Cup Championship race was in progress. The race was immediately red flagged and all cars left the circuit.

"The Kent Police, the MSA and circuit operators MSV are conducting an inquiry and we are of course fully co-operating with them. Until the outcome of the inquiry is known the Club won't be making any further comment."

The MSA said they will work with the Association of Motor Racing Circuit Owners and the Organising Clubs "to seek their views and to ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to prevent similar occurrences in the future".

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