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17 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018 17 Aug 2018 09:00:00 19 Aug 2018 18:00:00 Europe/London FIA World Endurance Championship The FIA World Endurance Championship is back at Silverstone for it's festival of sports car racing, and there’s more entertainment than ever on offer to keep the whole family occupied. Silverstone Circuit

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Overview

The FIA World Endurance Championship returns to Silverstone at a later date of 17-19 August 2018 for its festival of sports car racing, and there’s more entertainment than ever on offer to keep the whole family occupied.

More cars, more racing, famous drivers and lots to see and do on and off track. The 6 Hours of Silverstone is a great opportunity to witness the Spirit of Le Mans in the United Kingdom.

We’re all set for another exciting weekend that’s packed full of racing and just as much off track entertainment as there is on track!

If all that isn’t enough to get you excited, TWO F1 World Champions have now also joined WEC; Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Read more below.

View the full Super Season entry list here.

 

Ticket Prices

Advance

On The Day

AdultChild*AdultChild*
Friday£10Free£15Free
Saturday£25Free£30Free
Sunday£40Free£45Free
Weekend (3 Day)£50Free£60Free

*Children aged 15 & under free

Programme Vouchers

Programme vouchers for the Silverstone round of the 2018 World Endurance Championship are available to purchase in advance, for £5. Programme vouchers will be sent out with your tickets and you will be able to exchange your voucher at the programme sales points, on the day. Vouchers can only be purchased in advance.

What’s Included

  • Free circuit parking
  • Free roving grandstand access
  • Children 15 years and under are FREE!
  • Free entertainment
  • Giant viewing screens
  • Free public shuttles to get around the venue

Support Races

ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone

  • Ten European endurance races have taken place at Silverstone since 2004.
  • The duty of the ELMS is to offer its competitors a full season to race their cars on some of the best tracks in Europe, while keeping tight control of the costs associated with running in a top European wide series.
  • The champions will be offered a place on the grid of the 2017 24 Heures du Mans, which gives an extra, important dimension to the title race across the categories.
  • The European Le Mans Series is a natural training ground for drivers wanting to tackle the FIA World Endurance Championship. Drivers competing in LMP2 and LMGTE are racing the same machinery that competes on the world stage and perhaps the next world champion will be found on the grid of the ELMS.

FIA F3 

  • Formula 3 is considered as one of the most important junior categories in international single-seater racing. For more than five decades it has been the ideal training ground for the future stars of the sport.
  • Four-time F1 World Champion Alain Prost who won the 1979 F3 European Championship was arguably the most famous driver who learned his trade in this series before advancing to F1.
  • One of the young drivers is Mick Schumacher (Michael Schumacher’s son).
  • More than 20 titles in Formula 1 were won by drivers who did it through Formula 3 in their career, including Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and many more big names…

 

 

Sunday Pit Walk

Get behind the scenes at the World Endurance Championship and take a walk down the pit lane. You can even get an autograph from the famous drivers that will be battling it out on the track a few hours later.

The pit walk is on a first come first served basis with times as follows:

  • Pit Walk: 08:30 – 09:30*
  • Autograph session in pit lane: 08:45 – 09:15*
  • Last access to pit lane: 09:20

*timings are subject to change

All ages can go into the pit lane but children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
No food or drink is allowed in the pit lane.
We expect the pit walk to be busy so we do advise you arrive in plenty of time to avoid disappointment.

History of FIA WEC Series

In just seven years the WEC has truly carved out its place on the world’s motorsport stage, attracting more top-class competitors at the highest level, more fans, TV viewers and, of course, more media coverage.

Under the steady leadership of the promotor, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, and the stewardship of the FIA, the WEC offers a multitude of opportunities to manufacturers, teams, engineers and drivers to compete in a high profile and prestigious calendar of races, based around the showcase of one of the world’s leading sporting events, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The technical regulations, which act as the reference point for endurance racing on a global basis, offer a platform which allows manufacturers to demonstrate a wide range of hybrid technologies, sustainable development in areas such as the reduction of fuel consumption and the testing of road relevant technologies, and all with a close eye on cost control. For these automotive giants, it remains the most relevant form of motorsport in the world today.

In 2018 the WEC calendar features eight rounds across the globe, spreading the Spirit of Le Mans to audiences new and old. In addition to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, races at the historic Silverstone and Spa circuits complement the newer venues visited in Florida (Sebring), Shanghai and Fuji. We can’t wait for the seventh season of the World Endurance Championship.

World Champions Join WEC

Headlines have been grabbed by Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button joining the 2018 World Endurance Championship.

Jenson Button

2009 Formula 1 World Champion, Jenson Button, has been announced as the latest driver to take on the challenge of the FIA World Endurance Championship and top tier sports prototype racing.

The British driver will race for the full Super Season (except the TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps 2018 which clashes with the second round of the Super GT Series) for SMP Racing in the LMP1 category alongside Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov and against a strong field which includes fellow F1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso.

Button will make his debut in the BR Engineering BR1-AER at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and will combine his WEC commitments with the Super GT Series in Japan.

Although he did take part in the 1999 Spa 24 Hours, this will be the first season of endurance racing for the very popular driver.

Fernando Alonso

Two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season with Toyota Gazoo Racing which will enter two hybrid-powered, 1000hp race cars as it targets victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the WEC World Championships.

The Spaniard, 36, will make his LMP1 race debut at Spa-Francorchamps in May and will compete in all rounds of the 2018-19 season which do not conflict with his existing Formula 1 obligations. Alonso joins several high profile former F1 names to take on the challenge of endurance racing, including Mark Webber, Alex Wurz and Allan McNish.

Fun Facts

2017 Season at Silverstone

  • 72 hours of racing
  • 606,700 fans on site
  • Total laps: 4635
  • Total overtakes: 4095
  • Overtakes for position: 130

2017 6 Hours of Silverstone winner: Toyota Gazoo Racing: Buemi S/ Davidson A/ Nakajima K
Fastest lap in race: 1:30.804

2017 World Endurance Champions: Brendon Hartley / Earl Bamber / Timo Bernhard

To keep up to date with the championship please visit the FIA WEC website.

Facebook page: FIA WEC
Twitter account: @FIAWEC
Instagram account: @fiawec_official

Open Grandstands

The following grandstands will be open at the following times:

  • Friday: 08:30-18:30*
  • Saturday: 08:30-18.45*
  • Sunday: 08:30-18:30*
FridaySaturdaySunday
International Pits StraightInternational Pits StraightInternational Pits Straight
Stowe LakesideAbbeyAbbey
Woodcote AVillage B
National Pits StraightWoodcote A
Becketts (section)Becketts (section)
 Stowe LakesideStowe Lakeside
Club Corner (Section)

*subject to change

2018 FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar

 

DateLocation
5 May 2018WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
16-17 June 201824 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)
19 August 20186 Hours of Silverstone (GBR)
21 October 20186 Hours of Fuji (JPN)
18 November 20186 Hours of Shanghai (CHN)
16/17 March 201912 Hours of Sebring (USA)
4 May 2019WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
15/16 June24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)

 

Camping

Our official campsite; a stone’s throw away from the circuit, with quality facilities and entertainment to suit everyone, Woodlands is the campsite to stay at when you are here for the FIA WEC weekend! The campsite boasts amenities such as hot showers and flushing toilets, which are kept clean around the clock by our dedicated team.

You can add camping to your order after selecting your tickets.

Camping*Adult£30
Child**£10

*only available when purchasing weekend tickets
** children classed as 15 years and under

Food & Drink

We will have a great range of hot and cold food options for you to purchase during the event from the E-Zone area in Hall 1 and the Pit Stop Café.

External Food Outlets

We will also have a variety of external food outlets located around the circuit, each offering a range of hot and cold foods with Vegan and Vegetarian options also available.

Timetable

  • Friday 17 August
    TimeSessionGroup
    08:30Gates open
    09:00 – 09:40Free Practice 1FIA F3
    09:45 – 10:25Free Practice 2FIA F3
    10:35 – 12:05Free Practice 1ELMS
    12:15 – 13:45Free Practice 1FIA WEC
    13:45 – 14:15Lunch
    14:15 – 14:35Qualifying 1FIA F3
    14:45 – 16:15Free Practice 2ELMS
    16:25 – 17:55Free Practice 2FIA WEC
    18:10 – 18:30Qualifying 2FIA F3
    19:00Gates close

    *Subject to change

  • Saturday 18 August
    TimeSessionGroup
    08:15Gates open
    09:00 – 10:00Free Practice 3FIA WEC
    10:25 – 11:00Race 1FIA F3
    11:10 – 11:20Qualifying – GTEELMS
    11:25 – 11:35Qualifying – LMP3ELMS
    11:40 – 11:50Qualifying – LMP2ELMS
    12:20 – 13:15Pit WalkELMS
    12:30 – 13:00Autograph SessionELMS
    12:00 – 12:20Qualifying – LMGTE Pro & LMGTE AmFIA WEC
    12:25 – 12:45Qualifying – LMP1 and LMP2FIA WEC
    12:45 – 13:10Lunch
    13:10 – 13:45Race 2FIA F3
    14:10 – 14:25Grid WalkELMS
    14:30 – 18:30RaceELMS
    15:30 – 16:30Pit WalkFIA WEC
    19:30Gates close

    *Subject to change

  • Sunday 19 August
    TimeSessionGroup
    07:30Gates open
    08:30 – 09:30Pit WalkFIA WEC
    08:45 – 09:15Autograph SessionFIA WEC
    10:05 – 10:40Race 3FIA F3
    11:20 – 11:45Grid WalkFIA WEC
    11:56Green Flag
    12:00 – 18:00RaceFIA WEC
    19:00Gates close

    *Subject to change

 

Entertainment

MUSIC AND EVENTS OVER THE WEEKEND

 
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We have a variety of entertainment this year which is all FREE to the public! Take a look below.

Racing Bug

The Racing Bug operates a unique, mobile scale driving experience which engages visitors in real competitive motor racing.

You don’t just watch the action, you ARE the action!

Bungee Trampoline

The Bungee Trampoline offers a safe extreme sport, accessible to adults and children alike. It comes complete with four launch pads, allowing you to jump effortlessly up to 10 metres high!

Laser Target Shooting

Laser Target Shooting allows up to 5 people at a time to compete against each other and shoot the random targets!

Bungee Run

Race against each other to see who can place the Velcro marker furthest along the centre wall before losing their footing.

You will attach a body harness before attempting to run as far as you can before the bungee cord catapults you back to the start!

Climbing Wall

Using state of the art Auto belay steel rope systems, you will be clipped in and able to climb the wall. Make it a race and be the first the push the buzzer at the top, before being lowered back to ground level.

Land Zorbs

Feel the thrill of running around in a giant ball crashing, rolling and wearing yourself out in a Land Zorb!

Vander Space Wheel

The quadruple Vander Space Wheel is a stunt wheel that will keep you completely mesmerised!

Spectacular stunts include walking blindfolders on the outside of the wheel!

Vizard Face Painting

A firm favourite with the children, face painting and body art are available!

Combined Stunt Show

Moto Trials and Jump BMX will perform shows all demonstrated by world class professionals!

Fun Fair

A firm favourite, including carousel and dodgems!

Drone Workshop

MakoEducation’s Introduction to Drone Racing gives budding pilots the chance to take to the skies and race a real drone in a fun, creative and safe environment.

During the activity, participants will learn how to control our mini-drones to take off, fly, turn and even do stunts, before landing safely. They’ll even be given the opportunity to experience their flight through our VR headsets, for a fully immersive flying experience. Their skills and reflexes will be put to the test as we challenge all new pilots to navigate around our race course in the fastest time possible.

Heilsa Therapies

Sit back and relax with a reflexology treatment, a seated back massage, or an indian head massage.

Getting Here

  • Parking at the circuit

    Parking on site is free, please follow signs for public parking and take directions for our car parking stewards.

     

     

  • Train

    The nearest mainline train stations are Milton Keynes and Northampton. Please check connecting bus services in order to ensure you can connect to Silverstone at a convenient time. Alternatively a taxi journey is a short ride to Silverstone from these stations. Approx 30mins.

  • Megabus

    Megabus are offering travel on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. Book your places here.

    Departures to Silverstone

    Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 August
    London7.30
    Luton8.40
    Milton Keynes9.20
    Silverstone10.00

    Departures from Silverstone

    Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 August
    Silverstone19:00
    Milton Keynes19:40
    Luton20:20
    London21:30
  • Taxi

    Taxis are readily available at all train stations.

    We advise fans to book return Taxis from Silverstone in advance.

FAQS

  • What frequency will the commentary be on?

    87.7FM

  • WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DISABLED ACCESSIBILITY?

    Please call 0844 3750 740 for further information or view the Accessibility & Event Mobility section of our website here.

  • CAN I ACCESS THE PIT AND OR PADDOCK AREA?

    The Paddocks are open to the public throughout the event. We will have the following in each of the Paddocks:

    World Endurance Championship Paddock and Formula V8 3.5 – International Paddock (next to the Silverstone Wing building)
    European Le Mans Series Paddock – National Paddock
    FIA F3 – National Support Paddock

  • ARE THERE ANY PITWALKS?

    Yes there will be a pit walk – please keep your eye on the webpage for more information about the pit walk times.

     

  • WILL THERE BE ANY GIANT TV SCREENS?

    Yes, there will be giant screens opposite International Pits Straight and Abbey grandstands.

  • ARE THERE ANY CASH MACHINES ON SITE?

    Yes there will be a cash machine on site. Please note, this machine does charge for withdrawals.

  • CAN YOU PURCHASE SILVERSTONE MERCHANDISE AT THE EVENT?

    Yes, Silverstone shops sell a variety of merchandise! The Silverstone Hub will be open during the weekend. Alternatively buy online in advance to avoid disappointment!

  • CAN YOU PURCHASE SUNCREAM/ BATTERIES/ PLASTERS/ CAMERAS/ EMERGENCY MEDICINES ETC AT THE EVENT?

    Yes, Silverstone merchandise shops sell these essential items! Please download the event map nearer to the event to locate these shop locations.

  • CAN I USE MY PUSH BIKE AROUND THE CIRCUIT?

    Yes you can bring your bike. Please be aware that all roadways are in use during the event so please be alert and cautious. We do request that during busy times you walk your bikes through the paddocks please.

  • CAN I LEAVE THE CIRCUIT AND RE-ENTER IN ONE DAY?

    Yes, this is possible; please ensure the staff at the gate stamp your hand as you leave the circuit. Re-entry to the site will only be permitted if the person has their hand stamped and is in possession of a valid ticket for the event.  Please review the timetable to check last re-entry times each day.

  • CAN I TAKE PHOTOS?

    Photographic equipment, mobile telephones and other communications devices are permitted within the venue provided that they are used for personal and private non-commercial purposes.

  • WHERE DOES MY TICKET ENTITLE ME TO GO/ WHAT ARE THE TICKET OPTIONS?

    Regular admission tickets give you access to the Paddock, the open grandstands, all general viewing areas and the entertainment areas.

    Grandstand Opening Times:

    • Friday: 08:00-18:30*
    • Saturday: 08:00-18:45*
    • Sunday: 08:00-18:30*

    *subject to change

    Hospitality options are also available at this event, please see the hospitality tab for more information.

  • WHEN WILL MY TICKETS BE DESPATCHED

    Ticket dispatch starts four – six weeks before the Event but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event.

    *Please note* – if you have changed your address since booking your tickets, you must inform our despatch team otherwise your tickets will be sent to the incorrect address. Please email despatch@silverstone.co.ukto inform us about any changes.

  • I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY TICKET BY POST

    Ticket dispatch starts four – six weeks before the Event, but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event.

    You will receive your tickets in advance via First Class Royal mail post, if you have note received your tickets please contact 0844 3750 740.

    *Please note* – if you have changed your address since booking your tickets, you must inform our despatch team otherwise your tickets will be sent to the incorrect address. Please email despatch@silverstone.co.ukto inform us about any changes.

  • WHAT IF I AM PICKING UP MY TICKETS UP FROM TICKET COLLECTION AT THE EVENT?

    If you have booked after the advance despatch deadline tickets will be available for collection at Ticket collection.

    ID is required (For example driving licence), email conformation as well/booking reference.
    If it is not the purchaser collecting the tickets the purchaser would need to have written a letter giving the non-purchaser permission to collect the tickets to pass to us for proof.

    Please park your car in the public car park and then make your way to Ticket Collection.

  • MY TICKET CONFIRMATION HAS MY OLD DELIVERY ADDRESS ON IT, WHAT SHALL I DO?

    Please forward the confirmation email to us on enquiries@silverstone.co.uk detailing your new address and a daytime contact number. We will then arrange for tickets to be dispatched to the new address.

  • WHAT AGE DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO BE CLASSED AS A CHILD?

    15 years and under on the day of the event is classed as a child.

  • DO CHILDREN NEED A TICKET?

    Children aged 15 years and under will need a ticket for entry to the venue. Please ensure you select the number of child tickets you require at the time of purchasing. One adult can accompany up to maximum four children.

    If you have any questions please call the Contact Centre  on 0844 3750 740

  • CAN I BUY A TICKET ON THE GATE?

    Yes you can. We highly recommended buying in advance in order to gain the best ticket prices.

  • WHICH CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS DO YOU ACCEPT?

    We accept most major credit and debit cards with the exception of American Express and Diners Club cards.

  • WHERE CAN I PARK/TRAVEL OPTIONS?

    To ensure your visit to Silverstone runs as smoothly as possible please ensure you leave plenty of time for your journey and to make the most of your day.

    Parking on site

    Parking on site is free please follow signs for public parking and take directions for our car parking stewards;

    Train

    The nearest mainline train stations are Milton Keynes and Northampton. Please check connecting bus services in order to ensure you can connect to Silverstone at a convenient time. Alternatively taxi journey is a short ride to Silverstone from these stations. Approx 30mins.

    Megabus

    There is also a Megabus route running on Saturday and Sunday of WEC. You can book onto the Megabus routes by visiting their website.

  • What time do gates open?

    The Gates will open at the following times:

    Friday: 08:00
    Saturday: 08:00
    Sunday 07:15

  • WHAT TIME DO CAR PARKS OPEN?

    Car parks open up to half an hour before Circuit Gate Opening Times. Please note that this is subject to change.

  • WHERE IS THE NEAREST TRAIN STATION?

    Silverstone is situated between three stations: Northampton, Milton Keynes and Banbury. They are all approximately 30 minutes from the circuit.

  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARK?

    Parking is Free at Silverstone circuit for this Event.

  • WHERE CAN I PARK OVERNIGHT?

    Unfortunately Silverstone does not overnight parking in its car parks and public car parks will be closed overnight.

  • DO I NEED A PARKING PERMIT FOR MY MOTORBIKE?

    No, you don’t need a parking permit for your motorbike.

  • WHERE CAN BLUE BADGE HOLDERS PARK?

    There are a number of disabled parking areas available please call 0844 3728 232 for more information.

  • HOW CAN I PURCHASE CAMPING TICKETS?

    Camping is available at our official campsite, Silverstone Woodlands, over the FIA WEC weekend! Adults can camp for £30 and children aged 15 & under are £10.

    You can add camping to your order in the booking process.

  • DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A PARKING PASS IF I HAVE A CAMPING TICKET?

    No. One car is permitted with a camping ticket on the campsite

  • FOOD & DRINK

    We will have a great range of hot and cold food options for you to purchase during the event from the E-Zone area in Hall 1 and the Pit Stop Café.

    Opening times and menus are to be confirmed.

  • SILVERSTONE POLICY STATEMENT ON ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES

    Silverstone Circuits Ltd and the police have a zero tolerance policy to illegal substances. The dealing in or use of illegal drugs is not condoned by Silverstone Circuits Ltd. Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on site as anywhere else in the country. Police officers and security guards will be on site and will deal with drug offences in accordance with national guidelines. Neither anti-social nor illegal behaviour will be tolerated. You may be searched at the entrance. Any items which the organisers consider may be used in an illegal or offensive manner will be confiscated. Persons suspected of carrying out illegal and / or offensive activities onsite may be searched. If you do get caught you will be escorted off the site, and refused re-admission.

  • Will there be searches at the event?

    As we have enhanced security measures in place, and you may be searched on entering the venue we encourage all our visitor not to bring bags any bigger than one 20 litre rucksack per person to the event.

    Please arrive early and leave plenty of time for searches and please do not leave your bag unattended at any time.

    Due to security measures in place we do not have a luggage storage facility on site.

  • Prohibited Items

    The following items are prohibited from the venue:

    • Glass bottles
    • Bags over 20L capacity
    • BBQ’s
    • Restricted and illegal substances
    • Offensive weapons
    • Items that are deemed dangerous, offensive or unsuitable
    • Drones or remote controlled aircraft
    • Step ladders
    • Lasers
    • Fireworks/ pyrotechnics

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