Silverstone Supercar weekend

hosts FIA GT Championship and Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy

- 2/3 ROARY THE RACING CAR TO MEET AND GREET YOUNG FANS

Silverstone is proud to host the opening round of the FIA GT Championship, a series which features some of the world’s finest supercars, at the Northamptonshire circuit on 2-3 May.

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. While the Silverstone Supercar weekend kick-starts another action-packed season of world- class  motor  sport  at  Silverstone,  it  also  marks  the  only  UK  appearance  for  the  world’s premier  sports  car  series  in  2009. 

Sports  car  fans  will  be  treated  to  a  feast  of  GT  action, featuring spectacular cars from some of the most iconic sports car marques of all time. Lining up  on  this  year’s  multi-million  pound  start  grid  will  be  the  latest  racing  models  from  Aston Martin, Corvette, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche and Saleen.

The  prestigious  Royal  Automobile  Club  Tourist  Trophy  is  traditionally  held  at  Silverstone’s round  of  the  FIA  GT  Championship,  with  the  Trophy  having  a  long  and  illustrious  history. Previous  winners  include  a  host  of  legendary  drivers:  Sir  Stirling  Moss,  Graham  Hill  and Derek Bell to name a few. 2008 Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy (RAC Tourist Trophy) winners Karl Wendlinger and British driver Ryan Sharp will be back at Silverstone for this year’s event, in a Saleen S7 and with a new team, KplusK Motorsport. British interest also includes CRS Racing (formerly known as CR Scuderia) coming back to fight for the 2009 GT2 title with Rob Bell and Andrew Kirkaldy at the helm.

The  RAC  Tourist  Trophy  will  be  the headline event in a packed weekend of racing, which also  includes  the  FIA  GT3  European  Championship,  the  Lamborghini  Blancpain  Super Trofeo, the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series and the GT4 European Cup. Away from the track, younger racing fans will get the chance to meet ‘Roary the Racing Car’ and  ‘Big  Chris’  from  the  popular  children’s  television  series  which  appears  daily  on  Five’s Milkshake  and  Nick  Jr. 

Roary  and  Big  Chris  will  be  wandering  around  the  Silverstone paddock and signing autographs from a Roary the Racing Car display area where arts and craft activities, goodie bag give-aways, and the opportunity to watch Roary the Racing Car on  television  will  keep  young  families  entertained.  For  slightly  older  fans,  driver  autograph sessions  and  an  ‘open-to-all’  race  paddock  will  provide  exceptional  access  to  the  FIA  GT teams, stars and the stunning line-up of competition supercars.

 For  supercar  fans  that  enjoy  driving  as  well  as  spectating,  one  of  the  weekend’s  major attractions is the London to Silverstone Supercar Tour - the official opening ceremony for the Silverstone Supercar weekend. This year’s Supercar Tour, running for the fourth consecutive year, will take place on Friday 1 May. Advance tickets for the Silverstone Supercar weekend are available from as little as £20 for race  day  and  £25  for  the  weekend  (Saturday  2  and  Sunday  3  May). 

Entry  is  FREE  for children aged 15 and under, accompanied by an adult. There is plenty on offer at Silverstone for all the family, including supercar displays and a fairground, featuring dodgems, where all rides are FREE of charge. Parking and grandstand seating is also included in the price of a general admission ticket.