ASI16 set to get underway in Birmingham


The Autosport International Show is set to open today at the Birmingham NEC with an impressive line-up of superstar drivers and riders from around the world putting in an appearance.

Headlining the four-day event will be the Williams F1 Team, who will bring a host of iconic Formula 1 cars from its past as well as its 2015 motor home, with Felipe Massa appearing on the main stage on Sunday as well as demonstrating the Williams FW08C in the Live Action Arena.

Other Williams representatives at the show include Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams, Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds, Chief Performance Engineer Jakob Andreasen, and Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley.

Their 1996 Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill will be reunited with his title-winning FW18 at the show, while triple World Champion Petter Solberg, a fan favourite at the Autosport show, will be piloting a Citroen Xsara World Rally Car around the Live Action Arena.

From the world of Motorcycling and television will be Guy Martin, who will be present at the show on Saturday and Sunday, including performances in the Live Action Arena on a Honda CRF450 Short Track Bike.

Also appearing from the world of Motorcycling is legendary 500cc star Wayne Gardner and the first man to win championships in 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes Phil Read.

Multiple 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Allan McNish will be at the show once more, talking about the year in motorsport including the epic FIA World Endurance Championship season, while one of last year’s Le Mans winners Nick Tandy will also be present.

2015 British Touring Car Champion Gordon Sheddon will be joined by fellow BTCC stars Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal and Colin Turkington, former champions all, while McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Will Palmer and his fellow nominees will all be in attendance.