Originally Posted by Richard Duvall
I was hoping to get to Brands to see some of the cycling but was initially put of by the London2012 website saying that access must be by train and then shuttle bus. I had hoped I would be able to simply drive up there as I do when I marshal! No tickets available now!
We went on the train, bit of a bind, takes about 25 minutes from Waterloo to Sevenoaks but then nearly an hour by shuttle bus (6 or 7 miles?)
The main problem with driving (apart from people being turned back by the constabulary) is that the course is using part of the main road down to scratchers lane, round the back and in at post 16. So there is only one way in and that is from the Wrotham direction.
Tickets are limited because the public access is only along the Brabham straight, from the assembly area exit at post 24 up to the pit lane exit at post 2, I had imagined that we would have a nice day wandering up to Hawthorths for a gander but it was not to be.
The other thing that was a little arsey was the bag search and drinking water confiscation at the gate. Ironic really, being a first-aider my scanned bag contained all manner of odd stuff, my belongings were largely ignored as the woman behind me tried to sneak 500ml of water in. I can (generally) see the point although it was obvious that it was a closed bottle of drinking water. Isn't that what rules are for though, to spare the use of common sense?
Anyway, our visit was brief as we had only gone there to see Alex (and to have a bit of a nose about) but a good day was had.