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Silverstone work nearing completion

9 March 2010

Work on the new Arena Circuit at Silverstone is on target to be completed at the end of the month.

The new layout at the famous Northamptonshire circuit will play host to the British Grand Prix in July, as well as the British rounds of both MotoGP and the World Superbike Championship.

The layout is designed to provide extra overtaking opportunities and improved spectator viewing, with the infield section leaving the current GP circuit at Abbey before rejoining the previous layout at the end of the National Straight at Brooklands.

“Work on the circuit and venue is on schedule,” Silverstone Circuits Ltd MD Richard Phillips said. “The team has been working around the clock, through some pretty terrible weather conditions, to make sure the circuit is ready on time. The track works at Brooklands and Woodcote are now complete, including the new run-off area for the fast entry into Pits Straight, while the major new development – the new section of circuit from Abbey, up to the Arena Complex and round to the National Straight – is also coming along nicely.

“There is still a considerable amount of work going on at Silverstone, including the new elevated banks and spectator viewing areas, which will continue beyond March. Conference and hospitality buildings are also being built on the new Stowe Complex.”

The first major event scheduled to use the Arena Circuit is the opening round of the FIA GT1 World Championship in early May.


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