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Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy

04 Nov 2017 - 05 Nov 2017 04 Nov 2017 09:00 05 Nov 2017 18:00 Europe/London Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the Formula Ford and the Walter Hayes is sure to provide some memorable moments to mark the occasion. Silverstone Circuit

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Overview

The 2017 season will finish on a high with the annual Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy. With some of the busiest grids in the calendar, this event is sure to provide a great weekend with Driver’s from around the world lining up in a series of races.

The Walter Hayes Trophy, first held in 2001, is the world’s largest Formula Ford 1600 event and takes place annually on the first weekend of November at Silverstone, the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’. Formula Ford 1600 has entertained at tracks since 1967, and for nearly fifty years has been the leading proving ground in junior single seater racing.

The Walter Hayes Trophy is unique, as it attracts competitors from all around the globe to participate in a knockout competition. Over 120 WHT racers will start the event, driven by professional drivers to the amateur racer, and battle through a series of heats on the opening day of the event, to reach Sunday’s all-important knockout phase. With each race, further competitors leave the event until, after two semi-finals, the top thirty-six driver’s line-up for the Grand Final. The winner of this race will win the Walter Hayes Trophy, and join a growing list of distinguished drivers to have done so.

The Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy will also host Silverstone’s annual Fireworks display on Saturday evening – a firm favourite with the local communities and motorsport fans alike.

2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the Formula Ford and the Walter Hayes is sure to provide some memorable moments to mark the occasion.

 

Ticket Prices

We recommend booking your tickets in advance to benefit from the cheapest prices.

Advance

On The Day

Adult Child* Adult Child*
Saturday Fireworks £5 Free £5 (Access to the circuit from 2pm) Free
Saturday £10 Free £12 (All day access to the circuit) Free
Sunday £10 Free £12 Free
Weekend £15 Free Free

*Children aged 15 & under

We recommend allowing some additional time to your journey to avoid delays into the venue.

Programme Vouchers

Programme vouchers for the 2017 Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy 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

  • Roving grandstand seat access
  • Free access to Paddock areas
  • Free Parking
  • Children aged 15 & under FREE
  • Amazing grids
  • Live commentary
  • Fireworks display & bonfire on Saturday (included in your event ticket or purchase separately)

Race Details

The Walter Hayes Trophy is well-known as a meeting that hosts great track action, and 2017 will be no different.

A varied collection of support races complete the race schedules, with Saturday’s action centred on historic races. The 2017 Historic Formula Ford 2000 Championship will conclude, while Allcomers Race for both Historic Closed-Wheel and Open Wheel cars will be sure to thrill. The race will be made up of sports and saloon cars regularly seen in Historic Sports Car Club racing events, making for an eclectic mix of cars.

Sunday’s support race action includes Allcomers Races for Closed-Wheel and Open-Wheel cars. Almost all racing machines are eligible to participate in these events – indeed Le Mans Prototypes and Historic F1 cars have been seen in previous years! 2017 also sees the return of the Geoff Friswell trophy after the success of its first year, in 2015.

Support Races

The Walter Hayes Trophy is well-known as a meeting that hosts great track action, and 2016 will be no different.

A varied collection of support races complete the race schedules, with Saturday’s action centred on historic races. The 2015 Historic Formula Ford 2000 Championship will conclude, while Allcomers Race for both Historic Closed-Wheel and Open Wheel cars will be sure to thrill. The race will be made up of sports and saloon cars regularly seen in Historic Sports Car Club racing events, making for an eclectic mix of cars.

Sunday’s support race action includes Allcomers Races for Closed-Wheel and Open-Wheel cars. Almost all racing machines are eligible to participate in these events – indeed Le Mans Prototypes and Historic F1 cars have been seen in previous years! 2016 also sees the return of the Geoff Friswell trophy after the success of its first year in 2015.

History of the Walter Hayes Trophy

This will be the 16th Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy.

The Walter Hayes Trophy first took place in 2001 as a race for Historic Formula Ford 1600 at the then known International Historic Festival, an event now known as Silverstone Classic. For 2002, the trophy moved to its now traditional end-of-season date and appeared on the BRDC Winter Warmer Race day as a standalone race for all ages of FF1600 cars. Such was the event’s popularity, that for 2003 the trophy was handed its own race meeting and the Walter Hayes Trophy we know today was born. Small developments to the race format during 2004 and 2005 allowed the competition to grow significantly, and elevate it the global status it enjoys today.

Will there be any famous faces racing?

Look out for a famous driver or two at this event! As the event nears, it is certain that some well-known names in the racing world will throw their hats into the ring to compete this year! The Walter Hayes Trophy is renowned for attracting career drivers and ‘past masters’ to the competition. In previous years racers such as 2015 Le Mans 24-Hour Race winner, Nick Tandy and the FIA World Endurance Championship stars Danny Watts and Oliver Jarvis have taken part. BTCC racers Gordon Shedden and the late David Leslie, F1 and Indy 500 racer, Vincenzo Sospiri, and GT stars Rob Barff and Neil Cunningham have also driven.

Fun Facts

The Walter Hayes Trophy is named after a man who represented the Ford Motor Company as one of their leading marketing executives during the 1960s and beyond. Walter Hayes was responsible for introducing Ford to the world of junior single-seater racing (Formula Ford), the implementation of the famous Ford GT40 sportscar and for inspiring Ford to support the legendary Ford-Cosworth DFV Grand Prix engine – the powerplant that carried Jackie Stewart to all three of his F1 world titles.

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE has been a regular attendee of the WHT – presenting the winner’s trophy on a number of occasions.

Indy 500 racing legend, Dario Franchitti, was an interested spectator at the event in 2014.

The largest entry the event has ever seen was in 2005, when 164 Formula Ford competitors lined-up to compete. The event was almost abandoned due to monsoon conditions, but track officials worked tirelessly to ensure racing continued. In appalling conditions, Joey Foster triumphed to claim his third successive WHT title. After the race, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, presenting the trophy, allowed Foster to keep the trophy forever to mark his hat-trick!

Fireworks Display

The Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy will host Silverstone’s annual bonfire and Fireworks display on Saturday evening – a firm favourite with the local communities and motorsport fans alike.

The bonfire will be lit at 17:15 with fireworks at 18:00.

Access to the circuit will be from 2pm, tickets are £5 for adults and children 15 & under are free!

You may want to bring torches with you while walking around the circuit and please ensure you are wearing plenty of warm clothing.

ACCOMMODATION

Need a place to stay over the Walter Hayes Trophy weekend?

Our new Accommodation Service website checks room availability at some of the best hotels within 25 miles of the circuit.

 

FAQs

  • Where can I find out more about disabled accessibility?

    Please call 0844 3728 232 for further information or view the Accessibility section of our website here.

  • CAN I GET INTO THE PADDOCK AREA?

    Yes, you can get into the Paddock.

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

    Your ticket allows you to go into the Paddock as well as into the general viewing areas at the circuit. The open grandstand will be confirmed nearer to the event.

  • ARE THERE ANY CASH MACHINES ON SITE?

    There is a cash machine located in the Pit Stop Café, please note that this facility charges for withdrawals.

  • CAN I USE MY PUSH BIKE AROUND THE CIRCUIT?

    Bikes can be used at the circuit although we do ask that you push them through the paddock during the event.

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

    Yes, this is possible; please ensure staff at the gate stamps 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.

  • I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY TICKETS 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

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

    All tickets for this event will be sent by post prior to the event. If you have note received your tickets please contact 01327 320 280

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CAN I BUY A TICKET ON THE GATE?

    Yes you can. We highly recommended buying in advance 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 BLUE BADGE HOLDERS PARK?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CAN I CAMP AT SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT?

    No, there is no camping available at Silverstone Circuit for this event. We do however have a number of campsites nearby for more information click here . Please note that Silverstone Woodlands will not be open for this event.

  • FOOD & DRINK

    We have a number of vendors around the circuit for all tastes. We have traditional hot snacks such as burgers, fish & chips, jacket potatoes and pies to paninis, baguettes and vegetarian food – but we’re sure you’ll find numerous other options that are very tempting indeed. Please kindly note that no glass bottles are allowed to be brought into the circuit at any time. You will be asked to leave any glass bottles at the gates if you do bring them.

  • 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. Offenders will be escorted off the site, and refused re-admission.

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