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 Thursday, 9 January, 2003, 15:52 GMT
Brands Hatch to stage Cart
2002 Cart champion Cristiano da Matta
Brands Hatch will host Cart for the first time in 25 years
Brands Hatch is to replace Rockingham as Britain's only venue for the Cart series in 2003.

The race will take place from 3 to 5 May at the historic circuit in Kent.

Brands Hatch, which used to be a Formula One venue, last hosted a round of the United States-based series in 1978.

"Cart is committed to expanding in Europe and Brands Hatch is a strategic move forward in our development plans," Cart boss Chris Pook said.

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"It is a fabulous race track for us and our cars and the public will be able to see virtually every aspect of it from anywhere on the circuit.

"We have done some simulations and we have got a little bit of work to do, particularly at Paddock Hill Bend, which is one of the world's most awe-inspiring turns."

Pook said the Cart cars, which can reach top speeds of around 230mph, were likely to enter the bend at around 175mph and exit at 150mph.

Rockingham has hosted a Cart race for the past two years and was the only European round last season after the failure of Germany's Lausitzring.

But it dropped off the 2003 calendar after failing to make a profit.

Cart is also set to return to Germany this year, at an as yet unnamed track. Details of the Germany round are due to be announced on Friday.

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