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Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy

03 Nov 2018 - 04 Nov 2018 03 Nov 2018 09:00 04 Nov 2018 18:00 Europe/London Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy The 2018 season will finish on a high with the annual Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy, with some of the busiest grids on the calendar. Silverstone Circuit

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Overview

The 2018 season will finish on a high with the annual Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy. With some of the busiest grids on 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.

 

Ticket Prices

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

Advance

On The Day

Adult Child* Adult Child*
Saturday £12 Free £15 Free
Sunday £12 Free £15 Free
Weekend £15 Free £20 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 2018 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

Race Details

GREAT RACING….GREAT ATMOSPHERE…GREAT WEEKEND.

The Walter Hayes Trophy is Silverstone’s traditional season finale, and provides some of the very best wheel-to-wheel action seen here at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ during the course of the year.

The Walter Hayes Trophy is contested for by Formula Ford 1600 cars, and since the competition’s humble beginnings has grown into the world’s largest and most prestigious racing event for a category that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

Racers from around the globe converge at Silverstone for two action packed days of racing, progressing through a series of heats and knockout races before the final thirty-six cars line-up for the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon. The winner of this race is presented with the Walter Hayes Trophy.

 

Support Races

The Walter Hayes Trophy is all about Formula Ford 1600 single-seater racing cars, but the event is well known for providing the visitor to Silverstone with a diverse and entertaining array of cars within its support categories.

Popular Allcomers Races attract cars such as Le Mans (LMP1) sports prototypes, through to GT, Touring and Historic cars. Quite simplify, the Walter Hayes Trophy supports never fail to disappoint!

 

History of the Walter Hayes Trophy

Formula Ford appeared on race tracks for the first time in 1967, and since then the category has been a training ground of champions. Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Johnny Herbert, David Coulthard, Mark Webber and Jenson Button all made their mark in Formula Ford, and Silverstone has a long history of providing a playground for the 1600cc Ford-powered cars.

In August 2001 a race for Historic Formula Ford carried the name of the Walter Hayes Trophy, and over the next few years the title grew into a full race meeting to become the largest FF1600 race meeting in the world, and the most coveted category prize.

Providing a thrilling end to the Silverstone season, the WHT traditionally plays out to an enthralled and excited audience around the 1.6-mile National Circuit, with packed grids providing superb racing to warm the spirits on an early winter weekend.

Will there be any famous faces racing?

The Walter Hayes Trophy has a history providing well-known racers, who have graduated to other disciplines of the sport, the chance to return to their roots and drive these entertaining cars. Touring car champion Gordon Shedden and Le Mans star, Oliver Jarvis, being just two to drive in the WHT. Other well-known drivers such as Danny Watts, Steven Kane, David Leslie, Neil Cunningham, Vincenzo Sospiri and Bas Leinders have also taken part.

Two drivers have won the Walter Hayes Trophy three times. Joey Foster scored a hat-trick of wins in 2003, 2004 and 2005 while Peter Dempsey took the top spot in 2006, 2007 and 2010. The current holder of the trophy is Michael Moyers.

Fun Facts

  • The Walter Hayes Trophy carries the name of Walter Hayes, an unsung hero from the sport of motor racing. A journalist turned marketing executive, Hayes worked for the Ford Motor Company and persuaded the motoring giant to become involved with a junior racing category (Formula Ford), as well as being instrumental in the production and racing if the famous Ford GT40 and the company’s association with the Ford-Cosworth DVD F1 engine. An engine that went on to become the most successful Grand Prix engine if all-time.
  • Racers from around the world travel annually to Silverstone to compete in the Walter Hayes Trophy. Drivers from Australia, the United States, Scandinavia, mainland Europe and Ireland joined UK racers in the 2017 event.
  • Thirteen different drivers have won the Walter Hayes Trophy since its first running in 2001.
  • Cliff Dempsey Racing has won the race six times, with Marque Cars Racing and Kevin Mills Racing three times each. CDR’s victories were all with Ray cars, Marque Cars with Reynard and KMR with Australian built Spectrum chassis.
  • 2017 WHT winner, Michael Moyers, lives locally to Silverstone and his father, Peter, works at the venue!
  • The Walter Hayes Trophy welcomes FF1600 cars of all ages to its qualification heats, and the Pre ’93 class of the WHT in 2017 was won by Dutch airline pilot, Jaap Blijleven, while the 2017 Historic FF1600 champion, Richard Tarling, won the Pre ’82 class title.
  • The winner has been presented with the famous Walter Hayes Trophy on many occasions by three-time F1 World champion, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE. The BRDC Vice President attributes his F1 success to Hayes involvement with the Ford-Cosworth DVD engine, a power plant Stewart used in each of his three title winning seasons.

 

Fireworks Display

The Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy will also host the Silverstone Fireworks Stunt Show – a firm favourite with the local communities and motorsport fans alike.

More information coming soon.

 

FAQs

  • What frequency will the commentary be on?

    AM 1602

  • 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 grandstands are:

    • Woodcote A (open until 19.30)
    • Luffield (open until 19.30)
    • SRC (members only)
    • Luffield disabled viewing terrace
    • Copse disabled viewing terrace
  • 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.

    *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.uk to inform us about any changes.

  • 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 not received your tickets please contact 01327 320 280.

    *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.uk to inform us about any changes.

  • 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 a maximum of 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.

    *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.uk to inform us about any changes.

  • 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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