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10 things to look forward to in 2018

Monday, January 01 2018

Happy New Year from all of us at MSV! The new season is just a few weeks away, so we've picked out 10 things to do to help make 2018 a year to remember.

1. Donington Park's first MSV season

Donington Park properly joins the MSV fold this year, expanding the group's line-up to include five circuits alongside Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton, and Cadwell Park. Donington's first season with MSV will include a wealth of major promoted events ranging from rounds of the British Superbike Championship and British Touring Car Championship to major historic events and truck racing, plus the flagship World Superbike Championship. 

2. DTM on the Brands Hatch GP circuit

The German-based DTM championship will return to Brands Hatch next August after a five-year absence. The prestigious touring car series will race on the legendary Grand Prix circuit for the first time, marking it out as a flagship event on the Kent venue's calendar.

3. Trucks and Fireworks

The British Truck Racing Championship will end another spectacular season of motor racing at Brands Hatch with a 'big bang' next November. The five-tonne, 1000-horsepower beasts will battle wheel-to-wheel on the Indy circuit in the final rounds of the season for arguablythe most spectacular championship in the UK. Then, eyes will turn to the skies as one of Kent's biggest fireworks displays erupts.

4. American SpeedFest VI

Brands Hatch goes super-sized once again next June with American SpeedFest VI, the biggest celebration of motorised Americana you'll find anywhere on this side of the Atlantic. Racing will be headlined by the bombastic NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, with authentic American stock cars, themed support action, demonstrations, and off-track family fun too!

5. BTCC 60th anniversary

The British Touring Car Championship will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2018 with a special 60-mile showpiece race at Snetterton, in which drivers will fight for double points. This will be one of the highlight races of a fantastic season which will also include rounds at Brands Hatch, OUlton Park, and Donington Park - a total of five rounds on MSV circuits. 

6. Shakey's quest for 'seventh heaven'

British Superbike Championship legend Shane 'Shakey' Byrne is the series' unquestionable stats leader with six titles and countless race wins to his name. The Kent rider will battle at eight rounds on MSV cirucits, three at Brands Hatch, two at Oulton Park, Donington Park, Snetterton, and Cadwell Park. In order to secure a seventh crown he will have to fend off top quality opposition though - it's sure to be a blockbuster. 

7. Stage rallying

Brands Hatch and Snetterton will host motor racing action of another kind before the winter is over with stage rallies in January and February respectively. Unlike conventional race events, these meetings will utilise the access roads and create a sequence of bespoke rally stages upon which the cars will battle the clock.

8. Donington developments

Donington Park circuit will be transformed over the winter with a multi-million pound programme of major improvements following its acquisition by MSV in 2017. Works have already commenced and will be completed in time for the 2018 racing season in March. They include a new grandstand, upgraded toilets, new restaurant and better facilities for families.

9. Party in the Park

Don't miss Cadwell Park's annual British Superbike Championship extravaganza next August as the bravest motorcycle racers in the land take on the nation's most challenging circuit. Riders will launch high over the Mountain and battle around a circuit regarded as one of the best in the land in front of a massive festival crowd. 

10. Historic racing

Reel in the years with classic motor racing on two and four wheels at all five MSV circuits in 2018. Highlight events will include the Oulton Park Gold Cup, Donington Historic Festival, and Brands Hatch Masters. 

You can enjoy many more great moments with MSV's range of 2018 Season Passes, available from £85. Click here for more information or to purchase a pass.