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Silverstone unveils dynamic modifications to circuit layout

Silverstone unveils dynamic modifications to circuit layout

Silverstone Circuits Limited have unveiled provisional plans for a number of striking modifications to the track and spectator viewing areas ahead of MotoGP’s arrival in 2010.

Plans to make significant changes at the Silverstone circuit in England have been revealed, following the recent signing of a five year agreement between Silverstone and Dorna Sports, the commercial and television rights holder for MotoGP, which will see the World Championship arrive at the iconic Northamptonshire circuit from 2010.

The most significant addition to the circuit will be a new section of track running from the approach at Abbey corner to a spectacular ‘Arrowhead’ at the inside of Becketts corner. The Arrowhead will then join up with the existing National Straight. Additional sections of track will also be laid at the Chapel and Club corners.

The alterations have already been extensively discussed with the FIM and will be in accordance with their regulations and subject to final homologation, in anticipation of the MotoGP World Championship’s arrival next year.

The new Arrowhead, and fast section of circuit leading up to it, are designed to be stunning features for riders and spectators alike. Indeed, the Arrowhead and its approach will provide a focal point for overtaking and will be surrounded by several new spectator areas. It will also be overlooked by the grandstand at Becketts corner, providing fans with an opportunity to see two sections of track from the one vantage point.

The plans also include the moving of grandstands and safety barriers at Woodcote corner. This will enable the circuit to build a new run off area at the fast entry to Pit Straight and dispose of the slow chicane, which is necessary for safety reasons.

The new plans form part of a £5million (€5.65) investment programme by Silverstone, with work set to be carried out between November 2009 and March 2010. In addition to changes to the track, improvements to spectator viewing facilities will include moving some of the existing grandstands to bring them closer to the track.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, commented, “The facilities for teams, media and fans are second to none at Silverstone and we are happy with the general infrastructure, but we now have an opportunity to make some exciting changes to the circuit and fundamental improvements to the viewing experience for fans.”

“The new Arrowhead on the inside of Becketts will be a major new feature of the circuit. The fast approach and sharp left should provide plenty of opportunities to overtake, making it a real focal point for spectators. The views will be fantastic, especially from the new spectator banking areas and grandstands we will be building around the Arrowhead. The viewing experience for fans is hugely important and we now have an opportunity to make sure it is absolutely right, all around the circuit.”

MotoGP, 2009

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