17 September 2004

Think Formula 1 has got a bit boring of late? Rallying too tame for you? Then celebrate being at a lose end this Tuesday 21 September, at Autocar's annual Sideways Challenge, taking place at Brands Hatch.

This tyre-smoking competition to test driving skill and car control will be fought out between top racing drivers, rally stars, ITV presenters Matt Smith and Vicki Butler-Henderson and our own testers.

Thirty Autocar readers will also compete against the professionals, with all proceeds from the day going to charity.

Competitors must demonstrate supreme skill at the wheel by powersliding a car through Brands Hatch's bends with enough speed, style and precision to impress a panel of expert judges. Spectators are guaranteed lurid slides, blatant exhibitionism and plenty of spins when contestants get it wrong. Autocar editor Rob Aherne said: "The Sideways Challenge is a competition like no other. It’s fast, tricky and a little bit mad, and few other types of motorsport can compete with it for drama."

Every competitor will get two runs during the morning, with their style and technique rated by judges. Twenty will then go through to the afternoon semi-finals before the top five switch to a surprise ‘monster car’ to compete in grand final for the coveted Sideways trophy.

Spectator tickets are available on the day at Brands Hatch for £15 per person. Under 16’s are free.

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