National Motor Sport Week Gathers Speed

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National Motorsport Week taking place on 25 June- 3 July at a location near you.

The week is an initiative from the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and the Motorsport Foundation.

“National Motorsport week is a fantastic initiative.” Jenson Button MBE

Amongst some of the top F1 and Rally Teams, some of the UK’s top motor sport venues will also be staging their own events for National Motorsport Week. The week offers something for everyone all around the country at various motor racing circuits, racing teams and rally teams.

At Silverstone, the home of the Santander Formula 1 British Grand Prix, they will be giving the public a chance to bicycle around the full GP circuit and to see its state-of-the-art new Wing pit and paddock complex on the evening of Saturday 25 June. Goodwood Festival of Speed 30th June to the 3rd July is celebrating the week with the last of the four British F1 Drivers at the event.

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The logo for national motorsport week 25th June - 3 July 2011

Mercedes Benz World at Brooklands is offering a Free live screening of the Formula ONe Grand Prox from Valencia plus  a series of other motor sport events.

“Without the fans, there would be no point in going motor racing.” Derek Bell MBE

At Croft Circuit they are giving away free high speed passenger laps of the circuit for  anyone over the age of 14 on a first come first served basis. At Knockhill circuit in Scotland spectators displaying a go motorsport logo can get in free. Daytona Motorsport Karting venues is offering an exciting opportunity for two of of its ‘Arrive and Drive’ karters to win a free entry to a future round of the 2011 Vodafone DMAX Championship.

Dunlop is opening the doors to Tyre Fort in Erdington, Birmingham for public tours and a rare opportunity to see the facility that researches designs and produces competition tyres for motor sport.

The latest companies to support the initiative are:

  • Eight UK based F1 Teams
  • M-Sport FIA Rally Team
  • Prodrive FIA Rally Team
  • Silverstone
  • Croft
  • Knockhill
  • Mercedes-Benz World
  • Dunlop
  • Daytona

Facts about Motorsport in the UK

Our Competitors

  • Britain has produced more F1 World Champions than any other nation with ten title winners; Brazil and Finland are next up with three each.
  • Two of the last three F1 World Champions are British – Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
  • More British drivers (31) have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans than those representing any other nation, including France (26).
  • Guernseyman Andy Priaulx MBE is the only driver to have won three World Touring Car Championship titles.
  • The reigning IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 champion is Dario Franchitti from Scotland.
  • UK karters currently hold six of the 19 International karting titles awarded by the CIK-FIA.
  • The UK is one of only two countries to host rounds of all four major FIA World
  • Championships: FIA Formula 1 World Championship, FIA World Rally Championship, FIA GT1 World Championship and FIA World Touring Car Championship.
  • There are more than 32,000 MSA Competition Licence holders in the UK.
  • The UK hosts almost 5,000 MSA sanctioned motor sport events every year including: autocross, autotest, circuit racing, cross-country, drag racing, hillclimbing, karting, rallycross, rallying, sprinting, time attack and trials.

Our Industry

  • British-based constructors have won no fewer than 34 F1 Constructors’
  • Championship well ahead of Italian (16) and French (3) based teams.
  • Eight of the 12 current F1 teams are based in the UK.
  • Two of the three premier World Rally Championship teams are based in the UK.
  • The FIA World Touring Car Championship winning team is based in the UK.
  • UK companies dominate the design and manufacture of components used in the majority of the world’s competition categories.
  • More than 4,000 UK companies are involved in the technology driven world of UK Motorsport and Performance Engineering Industry with an annual turn-over of £6 billion – if which £3.6 billion exported.
  • These innovative businesses invest more than 30 per cent of their sales into R&D when the UK pharmaceutical industry invests 15 per cent.
  • Motorsport supports nearly 40,000 full and part-time jobs of which 25,000 are qualified engineers.

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