VIDEO: Young driver gatecrashes Brands Hatch race in friend's hatchback

This Is Local London: A race car overtakes Cottle as he takes his passengers for a spin on track. A race car overtakes Cottle as he takes his passengers for a spin on track.

A young driver drove his friend's car on to Brands Hatch during a race while she begged him to stop.

Jack Cottle, 21, can be seen in an online video laughing and joking during the incident which took place on Saturday at the circuit near West Kingsdown.

The white VW Polo entered the Volkswagen Fun Cup race after Cottle managed to make his way through the car park, the pit lane and finally out onto the track without being challenged by security.

Cottle interrupts the race in his friend's car. 

Throughout the stunt a female passenger can be heard pleading with Cottle to stop but he carries on regardless while a friend films everything from the back seat.

As the hatchback enters the famous racetrack, which used to host the British Grand Prix, the driver shouts “We’re on the track boys and girls.”

A number of race cars whizz past as the VW cruises round a few corners before pulling over to exit the track.

Cottle, from Tonbridge, told a national newspaper he was “proud to be different”, “lives every day” like it’s his last and that the incident had been “blown out of all proportion”.

An investigation is now being launched into how Cottle managed to get on track without being stopped.

A statement from the British Racing and Sports Car Club 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.

"Kent Police, the Motor Sports Association 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."

A statement from Brands Hatch is expected shortly.

The video has been viewed more than 220,000 times on Youtube. 

Update:

  • Kent Police has arrested a 21-year old man from Tonbridge on suspicion of false imprisonment. He has been released on bail until July 24. 

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7:22pm Mon 16 Jun 14

RVD420 says...

funny as hell xx
funny as hell xx RVD420
  • Score: -11

9:24am Tue 17 Jun 14

highway warrior says...

Nothing funny about this at all. This young hooligan drove onto a live race track, against the wishes of the cars owner, with passengers and proceeded to complete a lap in a standard vw polo.
Racers would have been doing 100mph+ racing each other the potential for a catastrophic accident was massive.
Endangering the lives of racers, the occupants of the car and marshalls.

Its being reported that Mr Cottle has been arrested for false imprisonment and possible a civil case for disruption and cost of entry fees etc
Good lets hope he gets the book thrown at him, what a moron.
Nothing funny about this at all. This young hooligan drove onto a live race track, against the wishes of the cars owner, with passengers and proceeded to complete a lap in a standard vw polo. Racers would have been doing 100mph+ racing each other the potential for a catastrophic accident was massive. Endangering the lives of racers, the occupants of the car and marshalls. Its being reported that Mr Cottle has been arrested for false imprisonment and possible a civil case for disruption and cost of entry fees etc Good lets hope he gets the book thrown at him, what a moron. highway warrior
  • Score: 5

9:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Harold_Monk says...

It's always a 'Jack'. Everyone I've ever met with that name has been a complete (unprintable)
It's always a 'Jack'. Everyone I've ever met with that name has been a complete (unprintable) Harold_Monk
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