Colin Mason, 35, a former GP champion, said this was the first time the event had been held at Brands Hatch. 'Before this meeting there hadn't been any deaths for eight years.' Tim Bampton, a Brands Hatch official, said: 'The track is inspected every year by the sport's governing body and it is checked before any event like this takes place.'
One of the drivers who died was named as Gordon Ellinor, of Tadley, Hampshire. The name of the other man was not released.