Thousands Flock To Silverstone For World Series By Renault
A stunning 120,000 people flocked to the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on 20th/21st August to enjoy a exhilarating weekend of free motorsport action as the World Series by Renault returned to the renowned venue.
Motorsport fans from across the country passed through Silverstone’s gates for the two-day event, including 75,000 on Sunday alone, firmly placing World Series by Renault as the UK’s second largest motorsport meeting behind the British Grand Prix.
World Series by Renault, making its fourth visit to the Northamptonshire circuit, treated visitors to some of the best international and national racing plus high-speed, tyre-smoking demonstrations from the Lotus Renault F1 Grand Prix car with Romain Grosjean and Jan Charouz as well as a host of family entertainment and off-track activities.
In addition, the free event gave open paddock access to the fans, including a pit lane walkabout, enabling them to get up close to the teams and drivers competing on the 3.67-mile circuit.
In between the action-packed racing, thousands of spectators took advantage of the free off-track entertainment. Realistic driving simulators allowed visitors to test their own skills. Youngsters were kept entertained with special play areas which included inflatables, dodgems and a carousel as mums and dads admired the entire Renault range of cars, vans and trucks.
Hundreds of guests took test drives in the Clio Renaultsport 200 and Mégane Renaultsport 250 on a special test track while visitors could also experience first-hand how Renault’s safety features operate in an exhilarating passenger ride.
On track, top international and national racing action filled much of the programme with the headline Formula Renault 3.5 Series. With two pole positions and two race wins, Carlin’s Robert Wickens enjoyed the perfect weekend. The Canadian’s double success means he leaves the UK with a solid lead at the top of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship standings. It also secures a first Team title for Carlin boss Trevor Carlin and his UK team – a victory they fittingly celebrated on home soil.
The Eurocup Mégane Trophy also thrilled crowds with fantastic wheel-to-wheel racing. After securing a tenth pole position and a ninth victory of the season, Stefano Comini was duly reward by winning the Eurocup Megane Trophy 2011 title at Silverstone. The success is made all the more remarkable by the fact that there are still four races of the season remaining.
The Formula Renault UK Championship enjoyed two action-packed races over the weekend. For the national-level drivers in the series it was a rare opportunity to compete on the esteemed Silverstone Grand Prix circuit and in front of packed grandstands. Alex Lynn took both wins in the Formula Renault UK – which boasts Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton among its former champions.
Renault’s illustrious past…
Renault’s proud motorsport heritage was celebrated by a crowd-pleasing display from rally legend Jean Ragnotti at the wheel of his formidable 350bhp Renault 5 Maxi Turbo. This was complemented by a display of 200 classic and competition Renaults from the owner’s clubs including a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the R4.
Commenting on the weekend, Renault UK Managing Director, Thierry Sybord, said, “Renault has a long and celebrated tradition of motorsport of which we are extremely proud and we’ve once again been able to showcase this through the World Series by Renault. Spectators have been treated to a free weekend of tremendous racing and entertainment.”