VIDEO: Stunning race scenes for the new James Hunt film Rush were shot at Cadwell Park
Motor racing fans will recognise Cadwell Park in the eagerly-awaited film Rush – which retells the fierce rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda – after some scenes were shot at the Lincolnshire race track last May.
Ron Howard’s film goes on general release on Friday, September 13 and is set during the 1976 Formula One season.
Cadwell Park doubles for London’s Crystal Palace in the movie for a thrilling Formula Three race sequence with Hunt and Lauda from earlier in their careers.
Snetterton doubles as Japan's Fuji raceway, while Brands Hatch, which staged a controversial 1976 British Grand Prix that was won by Hunt, also features heavily.
Jon Rush, circuit manager for Cadwell Park said: "That Ron Howard and his team were able to use Cadwell Park to create a thrilling sequence in the movie is very exciting for everyone here.
"We're proud to have played a part in a landmark film for the sport."
However, there appears to be an element of artistic licence in the film.
This has been posted on the motoring website jalopnik.com: “For his James Hunt/Niki Lauda biopic, Rush, director Ron Howard appears to be recreating a 1970 F3 race that helped shape the legend of Hunt, the mercurial 1970s Formula One champ and shag-o-lator.
“Of course, Hunt's arch-rival Niki Lauda was there too. Or was he? It was the 1970 Daily Express Trophy Final at the UK's Crystal Palace. Spectators and TV viewers (at least those who stayed with it until the very end) caught one of the most heated battles for second place ever fought on a racetrack.
“The only problem in using the race as a plot point for Rush is that the on-track fireworks weren't between Hunt and Lauda. They were between Hunt and driver David Morgan.
“The 1970 Crystal Palace race was often remembered for one of Hunt's infamous blow-ups — a post-race shoving match in which he knocked driver David Morgan to the ground. Hunt was angry about a crash he felt Morgan caused on the final lap that erased both drivers' podium hopes.
“Lauda did race in European F3 that year, and the two did do battle — Hunt edged out Lauda for fourth place in the Critérium du Nivernais at Magny-Cours, round five of the 1970 French F3 Championship, but history doesn't recall the two resorting to fisticuffs.”