Racing greats attend launch of new Silverstone Wing

THE launch of Silverstone’s new state-of-the-art new Pit, Paddock and Conference complex – The Silverstone Wing – was “another great milestone” in the circuit’s history.

That was the verdict of Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, who said it was an important stepping stone in the redevelopment of Silverstone.

Speaking at the recent launch, he said: “Building on last year’s successful Grand Prix track upgrade, The Wing is another great milestone in Silverstone’s history and we must recognise and thank the BRDC for having the insight and vision to invest in the future of the venue as we continue to expand and diversify the business.

“This building will not only be a wonderful base for our major race meetings, but has the flexibility to accommodate conferences, exhibitions, launches, banqueting functions and experiential events.

“Silverstone is now one of the best motor sport facilities in the world and British motor sport has an iconic home that we can all be proud of.”

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, who is also president in chief of the BRDC, formally opened the new building that represents the second stage of a multi-million pound investment in the Home of British Motor Racing and heralds an exciting new era for British motor sport.

Five of Britain’s six living Formula World Champions – John Surtees OBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Nigel Mansell OBE, Damon Hill OBE and Jenson Button MBE – were in attendance, along with fellow Formula One luminaries, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Frank Williams, Christian Horner, Ross Brawn, David Coulthard and Murray Walker.

All of the drivers and riders paid tribute to the impressive new facility, which will host its first major motor sport event.

More than 800 guests were at Silverstone to witness the formalities, including the great and good of British motor sport, local dignitaries, motor sport governing bodies, BRDC members and media.

Following the opening ceremony the guests enjoyed exploring the new complex, which includes 41 garages, a race control building, a podium, media centre, hospitality and VIP spectator zones.

With three large halls, a conference facility, business centre and a 100-seat auditorium, the Silverstone Wing has also been designed to accommodate conferences, product launches and experiential events, and will be the largest covered exhibition space between London and Birmingham.

Damon Hill said: “Over the last 60 years, under the stewardship of the BRDC, Silverstone has grown beyond all recognition.

“Silverstone has a significant historical legacy, but we maintain our place at the forefront of contemporary international motor sport, hosting an array of world class events and activities.

“This is in no small measure because British competitors have consistently led the way at the highest level of global motor sport for over 80 years.

“The BRDC is extremely proud of this new building, but we acknowledge that none of it would have been possible without our superb and exceptional Silverstone team.

“Silverstone is a cornerstone of our industry and the BRDC will continue to develop the circuit to ensure that Britain has a world class home for motor sport and related technology.”