Silverstone Supercar Showdown preview

SILVERSTONE SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN STARTS NEW SEASON OF MOTORSPORT Another season of top class motorsport is under starters orders at Silverstone - Silverstone Supercar Showdown (5-7 May) - Another spectacular season of motorsport gets underway at ...

SILVERSTONE SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN STARTS NEW SEASON OF MOTORSPORT

Another season of top class motorsport is under starters orders at Silverstone - Silverstone Supercar Showdown (5-7 May) - Another spectacular season of motorsport gets underway at Silverstone on the 5 -- 7 May when the world famous home of the British Grand Prix will open its gates to thousands of fans for the Silverstone Supercar Showdown, featuring the opening round of the FIA GT Championship -- the first of many top class national and international events that fans can look forward to at the Northamptonshire track in 2006. For those with a love of supercars - the most powerful and spectacular dream cars of today - the Silverstone Supercar Showdown promises to be one of the major attractions of the year.

The legendary Grand Prix circuit will become the battleground for the world's motoring elite, when tens of millions of pounds worth of super-sexy cars, including Aston Martins, Ferraris, Porsches, Maseratis, Corvettes and many more, will be unleashed on one of the fastest and most exciting circuits in the world for three days of spectacular, hard fought, high speed racing. With plenty of on-track action, the undoubted centrepiece of the weekend will be the opening round of the FIA GT Championship, Britain's only round of the series that features some of the most powerful and fastest road-based cars in the world.

This event is particularly special to British race fans as the winner will be presented with the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy. Since 1905, this Trophy has been awarded to many of history's best drivers, behind the wheel of the best cars of the day. In last year's truly magnificent race, Aston Martin brought the Tourist Trophy back to its former glory, but with strong squads expected to feature in 2006, the legendary marque will need to be at its brilliant best for a repeat performance this time out. The Royal Automobile Tourist Trophy itself will be transferred to Silverstone on Friday 5 May as part of the Silverstone Supercar Tour. A new addition for this year's event, the Tour will see up to fifty supercars set off from the Royal Automobile Club on London's Pall Mall, under police escort, on a pre-determined 80 mile route to Silverstone. On arrival, all supercars in the parade will set off on a parade lap around the Grand Prix circuit to officially mark the start of the three day event. Organisers have confirmed that Supercar owners can still take part in the Tour and official opening ceremony. info@motion-works.co.uk.

Adding to the superlative entertainment on offer at the Silverstone Supercar Showdown, a dazzling selection of sportscar championships has been lined up on the top quality supporting bill. Most exciting, perhaps, are the opening two rounds of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo - one of the world's ultimate one-make championships, which this year sees the introduction of Maranello's latest Ferrari F430 Challenge race car. But the weekend is not just about races. Autograph sessions, pit-walks and an 'open-to-all' paddock will provide families and all ticket holders with exceptional access to the teams, stars and some spectacular cars. The centre of the circuit will also feature an amazing display of modern supercars, owned by manufacturers, distributors and Clubs, while air displays, trade stalls, Entertainment Zones and a fun fair, where all rides are FREE of charge, will add to the festival atmosphere and provide non-stop amusement for all the family.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, commented, "The Silverstone Supercar Showdown is the perfect event to kick off another fantastic season of motorsport at Silverstone. "The power of the GT cars simply takes your breath away, and our free open paddock will give fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the event, getting up close and personal with the cars, teams and drivers. Tickets will be available on the day, but we strongly recommend people book in advance. These stunning cars look spectacular racing around the track and there is also plenty to keep families and younger fans entertained away from the track -- we're looking forward to a fantastic weekend."

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