The British Racing Drivers' Club [BRDC], the owners of Silverstone, have confirmed that its members have voted 'overwhelmingly' to support the plans to enable the re-development of the circuits facilities in a bid to keep the British GP on the Formula 1 calendar post-2009.

A statement from the BRDC explained that should terms now be agreed with F1 ringmaster, Bernie Ecclestone and Formula 1 Management, then the BRDC will be able to 'start to deliver on its plan to host the British Grand Prix beyond its current contract.'

Furthermore the vote should, it is hoped, enable the BRDC to develop Silverstone into 'more than a Grand Prix circuit' and retain its position within the heart of Britain's 'motor sport valley'.

"This vote is a great result for the future of British motor sport. The BRDC's Master Plan is not only important to Silverstone and its continued hosting of the British Grand Prix, but also the development of the sport in this country," said BRDC president and 1996 Formula 1 world champion, Damon Hill.

"We can only continue to develop exciting young stars like Lewis Hamilton if we have the best facilities at which to nuture such talent

"Having won the British Grand Prix myself I know how special it is for a driver to win their home Grand Prix, so we would very much like, as a Racing Drivers' Club, which the BRDC is, for that opportunity to be there for future generations."

"We are truly delighted to have this opportunity to demonstrate the overwhelming support of the members of the British Racing Drivers' Club for the retention of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone," added BRDC chairman, Robert Brooks.

"This is a further clear demonstration of the club's absolute commitment to deliver a world-class venue of which British motor sport enthusiasts can be truly proud.

"Governments around the world are recognising the importance of motor sport in their economic mix and we need to create a community at Silverstone that encompasses every aspect of the sport, its associated industry and the development of new talent in every area of these world-changing activities. If we can achieve these targets we will not only secure our global position at the top of this high-tech sector, but also offer sustainable growth for the entire region."

The BRDC estimates that the Master Plan will allow up to six million square feet of new development over the next 10 years and includes concepts for new grandstands, new pit and paddock facilities, a science park, a manufacturer test centre, and a hotel and conference resource in addition to a small amount of residential development.

In addition, planning permission has already been given to Porsche Cars GB to develop a Porsche Driving Experience Facility at the east of the circuit. The 'Porsche Driving Experience Centre Silverstone', will be built on a 10.2 hectare plot that is on the outside of Becketts corner on the Grand Prix circuit. Ground will be broken on the site this summer and it should become operational by summer 2008.

 

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