Following its first meeting in March 2006, headlined by its first series, the Lotus Elise Trophy, MSVR has compiled a huge portfolio of championships, series and major promoted and international events.
From the outset, MSVR was responsible for rounds of the FIA WTCC (until 2010) and DTM (until 2013) championships. 2007 brought the A1GP series to Brands Hatch, with the Kent circuit also hosting the first Masters Historic Festival, an event which MSVR continues to organise annually to this day.
Perhaps the biggest single step came in 2008, when MSVR's bike division was created in order to become the organiser of the British Superbike Championship, the world's premier national bike championship.
By 2009 MSVR was also running the Formula Palmer Audi Championship, the SPEED series and GT Cup in addition to the Lotus on Track Elise Trophy. The Production BMW Championship and Toyo Tires Racing Saloons also joined MSVR in that year.
2009 first saw MSVR organise UK rounds of the prestigious FIA Formula Two championship, which continued under parent company MSV’s stewardship until 2012.
2010 was the most successful season so far and saw MSVR organise nearly 40 events across the UK, at venues like Silverstone and Thruxton in addition to the four MSV circuits. MSVR's portfolio increased even further with the addition of the Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Championship, GT Trophy, Mk 2 Golf GTI Championship, V.A.G. Trophy, Champion of Brands for Formula Fords and Heritage GTCC, plus Monoposto as a guest championship.
Superleague Formula visited the UK at a MSVR-organised event at Brands Hatch, with a Team Lotus-backed Lotus Festival debuting at Snetterton in Norfolk.
Celebrating the club’s 5th anniversary, 2011 saw the addition of the Radical Clubman's Cup (now Radical Sprint Championship), Radical UK Cup (later SR3 Challenge, now the Radical Enduro Championship) and MINI Challenge to an already impressive championship register. MSVR worked closely with the LoTRDC in creating the new-for-2011 Lotus Cup UK which ran as a championship in 2011 and had manufacturer backing from Lotus Cars. MSVR also promoted and organised the new F3 Cup series.
2012 proved to be another busy year with more than 30 meetings located across the UK's premier circuits. MSVR championships and series also featured prominently in national media, with bumper grids all year. F3 Cup was also granted championship status. This year also saw the first of a number of MSVR-organised events, in the shape of the Brands Hatch Mini Festival. Organised entirely in-house, the event was a great success and spawned a number of events over the next few years.
2012 also saw the start of a new partnership with the Aston Martin Owner’s Club (AMOC). MSVR has been responsible for organising AMOC race meetings since the start of 2012 and the club has seen a resurgence in grids after a drop-off in previous years. The partnership continues to be a very successful one, with MSVR organising both the Aston Martin Centenary meeting at Brands Hatch in 2013 (in conjunction with Aston Martin Lagonda) and the forthcoming AMOC 80th Anniversary race meeting in September 2015.
2013 was a landmark year. The club continued to attract new championships and series, with three newly-formed outfits joining its ranks in 2013: Atom Cup, Radical SR1 Cup and the pioneering BRDC Formula 4 Championship. MSVR operated 37 race meetings and also oversaw the track activity at CarFest North, the event organised by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans to raise money for the BBC's Children in Need at MSV's Oulton Park circuit.
BRDC Formula 4 was launched at the Autosport International Show in January to great acclaim – the championship continues to provide aspiring youngsters with the ideal platform to start a career in single seater racing and has since spawned a McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner in the shape of 2014 champion George Russell.
Following the success of the Brands Hatch Mini Festival in 2012, another MSVR-organised event appeared on the 2013 calendar in the shape of American SpeedFest at Brands Hatch – a celebration of all things American and headlined by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. The event had one of the circuit’s highest attendance figures for the year. The ever-popular Masters Historic Festival gained extra credence in 2013 as a number of the Masters series gained FIA recognition – namely the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship, FIA Masters Historic Sportscar Championship, and FIA Lurani Trophy.
2014 promised even more: The Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship added a new string to the bow in the shape of Sprint racing, with the Blancpain GT Sprint Series' visit to Brands Hatch arguably the highlight of the year. Also at the Kent circuit, the American SpeedFest event returned, bigger and better, after a fantastic debut in 2013, whilst the popular Mini Festival at Brands Hatch spawned a northern cousin in the shape of the Oulton Park Mini Festival on 12 July. August saw MSVR looking after track activity at CarFest South at Laverstoke Park Farm, in addition to CarFest North again, and September saw a welcome return for the Brands Hatch Festival of Porsche after nearly a ten year absence. MSVR worked in conjunction with Porsche Cars GB and Porsche Club GB to host the club’s 2014 national event with a celebration at the Kent venue.
2015 started with an historical announcement for the club: MSVR was appointed as the sporting club responsible for the 2015 FIA Formula E London ePrix, held in Battersea Park. This halo event rested on a packed 2015 race calendar, with the usual mix of top-class national motorsport interspersed with international-grade highlights, over no fewer than 35 events. These included the Blancpain GT Sprint Series' return to Brands Hatch, SpeedFest III and the CarFest events.
As we celebrate our tenth anniversary, we are delighted to announce the return of British F3, as BRDC F4 morphs into the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship. 2016 couldn't be a better time to come racing with MSVR as the club continues to organise international and national level events and championships. To find out more about our championships and series please click here, or to find out about volunteering as an official please click here. The full event calendar is available here.