Silverstone Arena Close to Completion


Construction of the new layout at Silverstone, which the 2010 Santander British Grand Prix will race on, is close to being completed.

The new layout, which will see the cars head up the old International Circuit configuration before entering a new corner, which leads the drivers down the National Straight and back onto the main circuit at Brooklands.

As well as the track improvements, Silverstone Circuits Limited are also improving the spectator experience, with new spectator banks and improved viewing – will all be completed by the end of March.

The first time that the new track will be used is when the Silverstone Supercar meet is in town, over the 1st and 2nd May, which features the new FIA GT1 Championship.

The track will also be used by the Moto GP and the World Superbikes, on the 18th – 20th June and the 31st July-1st August.

The managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, Richard Phillips, said: Work on the circuit and venue is on schedule.  The  team  has  been  working  around  the  clock,  through  some pretty terrible weather conditions, to make sure the circuit is ready on time. The track works at Brooklands and Woodcote are now complete, including the new run-off area for the fast entry into Pits Straight, while the major new development – the new section of circuit from Abbey, up to the Arena Complex and round to the National Straight – is also coming along nicely. “There  is  still  a  considerable  amount  of  work  going  on  at  Silverstone,  including  the  new elevated banks and spectator viewing areas, which will continue beyond March. Conference and hospitality buildings are also being built on the new Stowe Complex.”