TITLE RACE HEADS TO SILVERSTONE AS EX-F1 STAR JOHNNY HERBERT MAKES SERIES DEBUT The countdown has begun: there are less than two weeks to go before the UK's premier motor racing series - the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship - arrives in...
TITLE RACE HEADS TO SILVERSTONE AS EX-F1 STAR JOHNNY HERBERT MAKES SERIES DEBUT
The countdown has begun: there are less than two weeks to go before the UK's premier motor racing series - the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship - arrives in Northamptonshire for its latest exhilarating round at the world-famous Silverstone circuit on Sunday 30 August.
Three races await the BTCC field around Silverstone's short but highly dramatic National track that provides fans with some of the best views of the action all season.
Free admission for children, complimentary grandstand seating and access to the BTCC paddock plus easy access from the M1 and M40 motorways are all sure to mean a bumper bank holiday weekend crowd.
And Silverstone also comes at a crucial stage of the season for the leading drivers, headed by Team RAC BMW driver Colin Turkington and Vauxhall's Italian megastar Fabrizio Giovanardi. This event marks the eighth out of ten rounds on the calendar, meaning nerves are sure to be on edge as the top names scrap for every last point so as to keep up their championship hopes alive.
Live national television coverage of the event on the ITV4 channel will only serve to heighten the tension on the track - those same pictures will also be broadcast onto a giant screen at the track so the public can keep fully abreast of all the fender-bending action.
Northern Irishman Turkington is in pole position to win his first BTCC Drivers' title but his championship lead on Sunday was brought down to just nine points by the reigning champion Giovanardi at the Knockhill track in Scotland.
Oxford's Jason Plato is also still in with a chance of the title and many tip his and Warwickshire team-mate Mat Jackson's Racing Silverline Chevrolets to be the cars to beat around Silverstone's high-speed lay-out.
Adding to the star names on the grid will be one that is synonymous with Silverstone - Johnny Herbert. The winner of the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1995 will be making his BTCC race debut, having signed for the Team Dynamics Honda squad.
An open paddock policy means the public will be able to meet Herbert and all the drivers during a specially organised autograph session on race day as well.
And while the BTCC's three races headline the bill of action at Silverstone on Sunday 30 August, the crowds will also be able to savour another seven races from the hard-fought Ginetta Junior, Ginetta G50, Porsche Carrera, Renault Clio and Formula Renault support categories.
Race day admission is just £23.00 per adult in advance and free for children aged 15 and under. Tickets can be booked online at www.silverstone.co.uk or by calling the hotline on 08704 588 200.