Former F1 winner David Coulthard and Mercedes CEO Nick Fry have been confirmed as official spokesmen for National Motorsport Week.
Backed by the Motor Sports Association and the Motorsport Industry Association, National Motorsport Week this year runs from June 30 to July 8 – a high profile period for the sport featuring both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Britain's round of the F1 World Championship at Silverstone.
“We are delighted that David and Nick are lending their support to National Motorsport Week this summer,” said Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA, governing body of UK motor sport. “They both understand the importance of motor sport to this country and their endorsement gives the initiative further impetus as we look to build on the UK's long running success and encourage more people to get involved at all levels.”
Coulthard and Fry meanwhile both believe National Motorsport Week is a great initiative: “Britain really is the home of international motor sport and we all have so much to celebrate,” said Coulthard, who is also one of the high-profile Ambassadors backing the MSA's Go Motorsport scheme.
“The history books show that we have produced more F1 world champions than any other nation and British teams and drivers remain at the forefront of grand prix racing today. But there's far more to National Motorsport Week than simply waving the flag.
“It's a great opportunity for everyone involved to showcase their own individual successes and activities. More importantly, perhaps, it puts the spotlight on what's available at grass roots level. Last year I had a great day out experiencing an autotest, sporting trial, track day and hillclimb - all events that you can do in your everyday road car without the need for deep pockets."
Fry added: “National Motorsport Week is an excellent initiative designed to showcase our wonderful sport to Great Britain. Starting with the Goodwood Festival of Speed and concluding with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, this celebration of British motor sport will highlight the excitement and passion of our sport, and hopefully bring a whole new audience to our existing loyal fan base.
“With involvement and activities at all levels from schools to club racing, and from junior formulae right up to F1, National Motorsport Week is a further example of how significantly the motor sport industry contributes to our economy and our country.”