Silverstone has today announced the circuit’s headline events for 2009, starting in May with the ever- popular Silverstone Supercar featuring the FIA GT Championship.
However, the highlight of the year will be in June when the home of British Motor Racing hosts the last ever FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX at Silverstone. Ticket sales for the venue’s flagship event are at an all time high, and 2009 looks set to be another spectacular season at the famous Northamptonshire venue. From two-wheels to four, Silverstone offers the best in international and national motor sport to entertain all the family. Advance tickets for most of these events are available to purchase online at www.silverstone.co.uk. Details of just some of the events to look forward to in 2009 are outlined below:
3 May SILVERSTONE SUPERCAR FEATURING THE FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP (Advance tickets from £20 - race day) Silverstone is proud to host the opening round of the FIA GT Championship – a series which features some of the world’s finest supercars. As in previous years, the GT1 and GT2 teams will go head to head on the iconic Grand Prix circuit, with drivers also challenging for the historic and coveted Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy during the weekend.
19/20/21 June 2009 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Individual day tickets from £49)* Silverstone is anticipating this year’s British Grand Prix, on 19-21 June, to be one of the biggest and best Grands Prix in the history of the circuit. With British driver Lewis Hamilton returning to Silverstone as reigning World Champion the atmosphere and support from the fans promises to be exhilarating. Over half of race day tickets have already sold out so fans are advised to book now for one of the biggest British sporting events of the year.
4/5 July WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT World Series by Renault lit up the Grand Prix circuit as Renault’s free festival of motor sport made its Silverstone debut in 2008. A total crowd of 110,000 enjoyed a thrilling weekend of action-packed racing, high-speed demonstrations by the ING Renault F1 Team and parades of historic Renault race and rally cars. In 2009, fans can expect a similar weekend of non-stop entertainment.
24/25/26 July THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC Established as one of the UK’s unmissable classic motor racing events, the Silverstone Classic provides an impressive line-up of races and entrants. Traditionally celebrating eight decades of motor sport and providing endless off-track entertainment for people of all ages, this is guaranteed to be a family favourite.
16 August BRITISH F3 / GT CHAMPIONSHIP (Advance tickets from £16 – race day) A regular fixture on Silverstone’s calendar, the British F3 International Series is rich with talent and renowned for being the proving ground for numerous F1 stars of tomorrow. In addition to the fierce competition of this single-seater series, fans can also see on-track action from the Avon Tyres British GT Championship where some of the greatest sports car marques grace the international circuit – including Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Lamborghini.
30 August HIQ MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP (Advance tickets from £23 - race day) Being one of the most respected domestic racing series, the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship is always a highlight of Silverstone’s event calendar. Lining up on the grid will be the 2007 and 2008 BTCC champion Fabrizio Giovanardi who will be fighting to defend his crown. In addition, during the run up to this year’s event, Silverstone will host the World Aerobatic Championship which takes place on 20-29 August.
12/13 September AUTOSPORT 1000KM OF SILVERSTONE (LE MANS SERIES) Fans can witness the stars and cars from the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans - the world's most famous endurance race – competing in a 1000km six hour race on the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone, as part of the Le Mans Series.
27 September BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP (Advance tickets from £23 - race day) Bringing the nation’s top riders and two-wheeled series to Northamptonshire, the British Superbike Championship is Silverstone’s biggest bike event of 2009. Hosting the penultimate round of the championship, there will be plenty of nail biting action as the leading manufacturers and talented riders such as Leon Camier, James Ellison and former MotoGP rider Sylvain Guintoli contend for the title.
1 November WALTER HAYES TROPHY (Advance tickets from £8 - race day) Notably one of the world’s greatest Formula Ford 1600 events, the Walter Hayes Trophy takes place every November at Silverstone. Attracting over 150 cars and drivers, it is an entertaining festival and a true challenge for both established and younger racers.
Other events at Silverstone to look out for in 2009 include the Mini United race weekend on 23-24 May, the Britcar six hour endurance race event on 2-4 October and the World Aerobatic Championship on 20-29 August.
For the full 2009 event calendar, further event information or to book tickets, visit silverstone.co.uk where online booking discounts are available, or call 08704 588 260. * Adult General Admission tickets for the Friday of the 2009 British Grand Prix are priced at £49. Three-day event tickets, Friday and Saturday individual day tickets, child tickets, family tickets, grandstand seats, Club Silverstone and event hospitality is also available