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Best ever JA on F1 competition: Win Spa GP seats plus the Ultimate F1 Road Trip

Best ever JA on F1 competition: Win Spa GP seats plus the Ultimate F1 Road Trip
Jul 26, 2012, 2:23 PM

We've had some pretty exciting competitions on JA on F1 over the years and have sent many first time fans to Grands Prix, who would not have had th...

We've had some pretty exciting competitions on JA on F1 over the years and have sent many first time fans to Grands Prix, who would not have had the chance to go otherwise.

But I'm delighted to say that we now have our most exciting competition ever!

Thanks to Shell, the title sponsor of the event, I have four pairs of VIP Grandstand tickets to the Belgian Grand Prix, Sunday 2nd September, at the world famous Spa Francorchamps circuit.

But that’s not all...

We want your journey to the race to be just as memorable, which is why Shell is also giving you and a friend the chance to join six other lucky F1 fans on the Ultimate F1 road trip from London to Belgium, departing the Friday before the race.

As you'd expect, the road trip will be fuelled by Shell V-Power unleaded; UK fans may have seen Jake Humphrey's BBC's item last season about how close V Power F1 fuel is to road fuel - when they put it in Alonso's car at Fiorano test track, the road fuel was a few tenths slower - it was actually faster on the straights, but slower on acceleration out of the corners.

We’ll also equip you with flipcams and photo cameras to record your journey highlights and the fun along the way for a road trip video which we will post on JA on F1.

Once you get to Spa, you will spend two nights at a luxury hotel as well as an evening meal which I will attend, where we can discuss predictions for the weekend ahead.

This amazing experience also includes:

Access to the exclusive Shell Eau Rouge hospitality suite with a stunning view of the iconic Eau Rouge corner (considered by many F1 drivers as the most challenging of the entire season)

• A chance to test out your own F1 driving skills on the state-of-the-art Shell Professional Simulator Experience developed in collaboration with Ferrari. The simulator uses some of the most advanced modelling techniques in the world to replicate the movement of the car and the surface of the track. The driver sits in a genuine Scuderia Ferrari chassis which was made at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. Even the steering wheel features genuine F1 electronics to give you a real feeling of what it is like to drive one of these cars around Spa-Francorchamps!

• We’re also throwing in transfers to and from the race, return travel from Brussels back to London and some spending money thrown in too

All you have to do is tell us in no more than 150 words about the best road trip you have ever had. Leave your submission in the comments section below then get your friends and family to vote for you by clicking "Reply" on your post and leaving their (very brief) message of support.

Use the Facebook likes and Twitter links below to alert as many people you know as possible to your entry.

Post a link to the competition in your Facebook page and other social media platforms, encouraging friends to back your bid.

Four lucky winners will be chosen from the top 10 most voted-for submissions. You can check your progress by looking at the leader board, which we will post regularly and will show who has the most votes and who is in the lead!

*Entry closes on Monday 13th at 9am UK time.

Please read the Terms and Conditions below carefully before entering - Good luck to everyone!

Message from Shell about V-Power Fuels:

Shell V-Power fuels’ unique double action formulations are designed to actively clean the engine and protect vital engine parts to help deliver more power. Shell V-Power Gasoline & Diesel, advanced technology fuels, are available at Shell sites throughout the UK. Shell V-Power is the culmination of over 60 years of innovation and shared passion for performance with Ferrari in the motorsports arena, and their longstanding technical partnership has powered 12 World Championship Drivers’ titles and 10 Formula One World Constructors' Championship titles. So next time you fill up, why not try it?

Terms and conditions


This document sets out the terms and conditions of your participation in the Shell V-Power Road Trip – Formula One™ Shell Belgian Grand Prix (the “Event”), including the competition to win participation in the Event, the ownership of any audio and video recordings made by Shell International Petroleum Company Limited incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 0621148 whose registered office is at Shell Centre, London, SE1 7NA (the “Organiser”) or its employees, agents or representatives during the Event and your liability in connection with the Event. References in this document to “you” or “your” are references to the person named below.

Participant information:



Date of birth:

Telephone number:


By entering this competition, you declare:

(i) that you have fully read, understood, acknowledge and will fully comply with Sections A, B, C and D below; and

(ii) that you will fully comply with any and all instructions of the Organiser, its agents and representatives issued from time to time in respect of the entire Event.

Terms and Conditions of Participation

The following terms and conditions of participation apply during the entire Event:

(A) Your undertakings/obligations

(i) you take part in the Event on your own account and at your own risk and liability;

(ii) you are aware of the potential hazards associated with your participation in the Event;

(iii) you will not be under the influence of drugs, medication or alcohol before or during participation at the Event;

(iv) you are completely healthy at the time of the Event and not suffering from any illness that may impair your ability to take part or interfere with or endanger your participation;

(v) you are aware that the Organiser has adequate insurance cover at the time of participation and will not offer or provide any insurance cover in addition to such insurances;

(vi) you will adhere to all health and safety briefings provided by the Organiser;

(vii) you will take part in all activities as laid out by the Organiser and will be under the supervision of the Organiser , its employees, agents or representatives at all times.

The Organiser reserves the right to exclude any party from the Event immediately should such party contravene any of the above terms and conditions. Such contravention may also lead to claims for damages, liability and legal claims by the Organiser or its agents against such party.

(B) Audio and Video Rights

You are aware that audio and video recordings (including photographs) may be made of the Event by the Organiser, its representatives, agents or third parties. You agree that the Organiser, and any person with the Organiser’s permission, may freely use, make digital images of, modify, and/or publish, all or part of such recordings in any media anywhere in the world for any proper commercial, educational or artistic purposes, with or without your name or a fictitious name, and with or without other material, including text, film recordings and photographs. You hereby waive and release the Organiser, and any person acting with the Organiser’s permission, from any claims relating to the Organiser’s use of the recording(s), including, but not limited to, claims for libel, invasion of privacy or payment of any kind. The Organiser undertakes that it shall use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that the views expressed by you in the course of the recording/filming/photography are not misrepresented or misused.

(C) Disclaimer of Liability

To the fullest extent permitted by law, you hereby:

(i) waive any right to commence any proceedings whatsoever against the Organiser, its officials, staff, employees, directors, representatives and the companies which control, which are controlled by and which are associated with the Organiser (the “Exempted Parties"), releasing them from any liability whatsoever towards you, your heirs and beneficiaries, for any loss or damage, claim or demand whatsoever caused by personal injury or damage to property or with the subsequent death of you following or in connection with the Event, whether resulting from the fault of the Exempted Parties or another cause;

(ii) agree to indemnify, hold harmless and release all the Exempted Parties and each of them from any loss, liability damage or costs whatsoever sustained because of or in connection with the Event, whether caused by your own fault or another cause;

(iii) assume full liability for any risks of physical injury, death or damage to property caused by or relating to the Event, whether caused by the fault of the Exempted Parties or another cause.

(D) Main Competition Terms


• Participation in the competition is open anyone aged 18 and over, save for employees and contractors of Shell Group companies and Shell retailers/multiple site operators (MSOs) and their staff who are not eligible to participate.

• The promoter reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone it deems unsuitable or unable to take part.

• Winners may be required to submit valid identification and proof of age at any stage of the competition and/or before receiving their prize.

• The winners must be available for final selection on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August 2012.

• By entering the competition, participants agree that their personal data submitted as part of the registration process will be stored and processed by the promoter as data controller in accordance with applicable data protection laws for the purpose(s) of administering/operating the competition.

• Any failure to adhere to these terms and conditions will result in immediate disqualification from the competition.


The competition entry period is between 18.00 AM BST on 26th July 2012 and 23:59 PM BST on 12th August 2012 (the “Entry Period”).

To enter the competition eligible participants should submit a response of no more than 150 words to the following question on during the Entry Period:

“Tell us about your favourite roadtrip?”

Participants may only enter the competition ONCE. Multiple entries from the same participant using different IP addresses will not be accepted.

Participants can post the competition link to their personal social media networks and call on their friends and family to vote for them on the competition page. Participants with the most amount of support/votes from friends and family will appear on the leaderboard in order of votes. The promoter will be responsible for updating the leaderboard daily.

The top ten as it stands at 09-00 AM BST on Monday 13th August 2012 will be contacted via Skype, interviewed by the promoter and asked “What has most excited you about this F1 season?” following which promoter and an independent judge will decide on the competition winners, who will be contacted on 15th August 2012. If no response to such notification is received by the promoter from a winner within 24 hours of 15th August 2012, the judges will select a new winner without any liability to the original winner.


There will be four competition winners who will each receive 2 Eau Rouge tickets to the Formula One™ Shell Belgian Grand Prix worth £650, which will be valid for the dates of the Spa Grand Prix, 31st August – 2nd September, ONLY.

The prize includes travel arrangements from London to Spa and back for him/her (and those of his/her fellow ticket holder). This includes taking part in the ‘Shell V-Power Road Trip’ where the winners will travel in a hired vehicle for the outward journey and for the days in Spa. Winners will not have the opportunity to drive themselves.

The prize includes the following:

• Transport for 8 people for the duration of the trip in two Shell V-Power branded vehicles. Transport will be picked up in the UK to take the winners via the Channel tunnel to Spa (Friday). Winners will not get the chance to drive either vehicle, which will be fuelled by Shell V-Power Unleaded

• 2 nights’ accommodation in a four star hotel close to Spa

• 2 nights’ accommodation in the 4 star Novotel, Waterloo in the UK on the nights of 30th August and 2nd September 2012

• Eau Rouge VIP tickets granting grandstand access to the race on Sunday and other privileges

• Flipcams to capture the fun along the way (only where filming and photography is permitted, e.g. not within F1™ circuit boundaries)

• Use of the Shell Professional Simulator within the hospitality suite

• Return Eurostar [FULLY FLEXIBLE BUSINESS PREMIER CLASS] from Brussels to London (Sunday)

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner on each day

Winners are responsible for their own transport to London and back plus any additional items not otherwise stated in these terms and conditions, together with all costs associated there with. These are NOT included in the prize.

You will be required to take photos and capture video content on your journey and write about it on your return. The Organiser will equip you with the tools to do this. You must write up your own personal experience of the trip within 48 hours of returning from the trip and send it to All content generated will be subject to approval by James Allen and Shell and is not guaranteed to be posted on No cash alternative is available for the prize nor can the prize be exchanged for an alternative prize.

The promoter will arrange for delivery of the tickets to each winner’s home address (or such other address as nominated by the winner) minimum 10 days before the event, at the promoter’s expense.


The promoter may: i) extend any time limit; ii) waive any of these terms and conditions where a person might otherwise be disqualified (without obliging the promoter to waive these terms and conditions or any of them in any other case whatsoever); and iii) where the prize becomes unavailable for whatever reason, substitute a prize of equal or greater value . The promoter reserves the right to use a winner’s details and photographs/video filming and image rights for publicity and in advertising, marketing or promotional material in any media worldwide and all intellectual property and moral rights in respect of the same vest automatically and entirely and exclusively with the promoter without additional compensation to the winner. In entering the competition, all participants consent to the same. The promoter reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition or these terms and conditions at any time, in whole or in part, with or without notice or compensation, whether due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control or otherwise.


The name of the winners will be available to view at from 15th August 2012.

Late or fraudulent (at the promoter’s sole and absolute discretion) entries and those not in accordance with these terms and conditions will not be accepted. The promoter’s decision shall be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.

Copyright in all competition entries vests in the promoter and in entering the competition all entrants consent to the same.


The promoter’s maximum aggregate liability to any participant under or in connection with the competition or these terms and conditions shall be limited to £650 (the promotional value of prize).

The promoter shall not be liable under or in connection with these terms and conditions, the competition or using a prize for any indirect, special or consequential cost, expense, loss or damage suffered or incurred by any participant even if such cost, expense, loss or damage was reasonably foreseeable or might reasonably have been contemplated by the participant and the promoter and whether arising from breach of contract, tort, negligence, breach of statutory duty or otherwise.

The promoter does not accept responsibility for (1) any technical or access issue, failure, malfunction or difficulty that might hinder a participant’s entry to or participation during the competition or (2) any event beyond its reasonable control which may cause the competition to be disrupted or corrupted (3) any costs, taxes or expenses incurred by any participant in connection with the competition.


These terms and conditions are governed by and shall be interpreted in accordance with English law and any dispute arising out of or in connection with them will be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. In entering the competition, participants consent to the same.


The promoter is James Allen on

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