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  • 17 June 2014, 3:18

Man Held After Brands Hatch Race Gatecrashed

A man has been arrested after a Volkswagen car was driven on to the track at Brands Hatch during a high-speed race.

A 21-year-old from Tonbridge was detained on suspicion of false imprisonment, Kent Police said.

It comes after a video was posted online of a vehicle entering the former Formula One circuit in West Kingsdown during a race on Saturday.

The film taken by a backseat passenger has been viewed more than 200,000 times.

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

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

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

In a statement, the MSA said it is "extremely concerned" by the episode in which a white VW car, carrying two passengers as well as the driver, is seen making its way along the track during a race as other cars overtake at high speed.

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

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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