As part of the build-up to the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone next month (April 12-14), seven drivers, accompanied by three of the series' highly-distinctive racing cars, headed for one of the Capital's most iconic landmarks, Tower Bridge, today to mark the start of the 2013 season.
An official photocall saw Oak Racing's Alex Brundle, Aston Martin Racing's Darren Turner, Strakka Racing trio Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane, Danny Watts as well as Toyota Racing's Stephane Sarrazin and John Martin (Delta-ADR), gathered in front of the instantly recognisable attraction.
The drivers and cars attracted plenty of attention as London's tourists were treated to a taste of the WEC.
In addition to the drivers, a stunning sports prototype car - the WEC Honda HPD ARX 03a – and the production-based, yet highly modified, Aston Martin Vantage V8 and Ferrari 458 of RAM Racing from the European Le Mans Series were all lined up on the green by the historic Tower Bridge.
While interacting with the public outside the iconic City Hall beside Tower Bridge, the drivers shared their thoughts ahead of the upcoming race.
“It was a great preview event at Potters Field, lots of interest from the public including a lot of school children, which was great to see young faces getting excited about motor sport and being interested by the cars on display, which may inspire them to come and have a watch or even get involved,” said Brundle.
“Preparations for the season have gone well for Oak Racing and we're looking forward to Silverstone as the opening round of the season. We're hoping to see a lot of British fans at the circuit, it's a super endurance weekend. As a BRDC Superstar, Silverstone as a circuit is very dear to my heart and with an open paddock over the WEC weekend it would be great to see a lot of excited sportscar fans coming to the circuit to meet the drivers and see the cars in the garages.
“Silverstone is my favourite circuit, I love it. The middle section as it stands now is extremely good and I enjoy driving there. It's a circuit I feel very comfortable on and I secured pole last year in my LMP2 car there, it's a privilege to be going back in a few weeks' time.”
“Today was good, we had a great turnout with cars on display and then a press conference back at the Royal Automobile Club at Pall Mall which is always special to see,” added Turner. “There is a lot of interest in what we will be doing in a few weeks' time and it's great that the first round of WEC is at Silverstone. I only live 10 minutes from the circuit so I will have a lot of friends and family there supporting us, but I have no doubt that the Silverstone round will draw a large crowd with the WEC main race and the Formula 3 and European Le Mans Series as support - it's a packed weekend of racing.”
The 6 Hours of Silverstone endurance race has attracted over 35 vehicle entries, including 21 Le Mans prototypes, and a host of celebrated drivers of F1 fame, including Allan McNish, Bruno Senna, Kamui Kobayashi, Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Alexander Wurz and Vitantonio Liuzzi.