Silverstone Grand Prix circuit hosts the UK round of the 2008 World Series by Renault, the free festival of motorsport that combines on-track thrills with off-track entertainment for the whole family. The event takes place on 7th/8th June.
Held just one month before the British Grand Prix, World Series by Renault provides a unique chance to see Formula One action for free. With three-day tickets for the Grand Prix starting at £165 each, when it comes to value for a family day out the free World Series by Renault tickets are hard to beat.
Top international and UK motor racing, exhilarating demonstrations by ING Renault F1 Team and historic car parades run alongside Renault safety exhibitions, environmental displays and motorsport games and boutiques at the home of British motorsport, which will host World Series by Renault for the first time.
World Series by Renault comprises racing for the headline Formula Renault 3.5 Championship, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship and Eurocup Mégane Trophy. Travelling around Europe to some of the world’s most famous circuits, it has become a key step on the motor racing ladder as drivers strive to reach Formula One. Graduates of the championship include Formula One stars Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel.
Supporting the three international series are two leading UK Championships. Young single-seater racers are out to prove themselves in the Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship, a title won by Kimi Räikkönen in 2000 and Lewis Hamilton in 2003. Saloon-car racers go bumper-to-bumper in the ELF Renault Clio Cup, a breeding ground for professional Touring Car and Sports Car drivers such as Formula Renault winners Jason Plato and current World Touring Car Champion, Andy Priaulx.
See F1 up close and personal
Highlight of the weekend for many motorsport fans is a series of demonstrations by ING Renault F1 Team. Taking to the track between races, the team’s test driver performs a sequence of high-speed laps mixed with practice starts and donuts to entertain spectators, who are given a rare chance to see a live Formula One car. In the paddock, fans can get close to the car to collect autographs and Renault F1 supporter merchandise.
In between the high-octane action, spectators can visit the SportCity and FamilyCity areas in the paddock. Obtaining a stamp in the special ‘passport’ issued to each ticket-holder allows entry into a Grand Prize Draw with a major prize on offer. SportCity is the home of ING Renault F1 Team, a range of Renaultsport racing, rallying and road cars, pit-stop challenge and Renaultsport boutique. FamilyCity includes a kids play area, Formula One simulators, Renault design demonstrations and a range of Renault cars from Twingo through to Espace.
In 2007, the UK leg of World Series by Renault attracted a record 135,000 spectators making it the second largest race meeting in the UK behind the British Grand Prix and the biggest World Series event of the season. The racing drivers revelled in the pulsating atmosphere created, responding with a series of fantastic races culminating in a home win for Briton James Walker in the second Formula Renault 3.5 race.
Exciting changes for 2008 include a new Formula Renault 3.5 car featuring an increase in power of up to 500hp, while push-to-pass technology assists overtaking. Meanwhile the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship includes qualification races due to the large number of entries, adding an extra dimension to the traditional qualifying format.