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Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy

02 Nov 2019 - 03 Nov 2019 02 Nov 2019 09:00 03 Nov 2019 18:00 Europe/London Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy The 2019 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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A weekend to remember

The 2019 season will finish on a high with the annual Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy, the World’s largest Formula Ford 1600 event, plus you can expect even more action on Saturday with the spectacular Silverstone Stunt & Fireworks show commencing at 18:00.

The World’s largest Formula Ford 1600 event – Walter Hayes Trophy! Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November

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. 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.

Race Entry and Testing
 

Ticket Prices

Book your tickets in advance to benefit from the cheapest prices!

Advance On The Day
Adult Child* Adult Child*
Saturday £10 Free £15 Free
Sunday £10 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.

 

What’s included in my ticket price?

  • Roving grandstand seat access – meaning you can watch all the action from the comfort of your own seat
  • Free access to Paddock areas so you can get up-close to all the action, drivers and cars
  • Free parking
  • Children aged 15 & under FREE
  • Live commentary
 

What is the Walter Hayes Trophy?

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.

The Walter Hayes Trophy is unique, as it attracts competitors from all around the globe to participate in a knockout competition. Over 120 WHT cars will start the event, driven by both professional drivers and amateur racers – they will 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 Walter Hayes Trophy – Ladies Race

Ladies only closed wheel handicap race! A support race to the Walter Hayes Trophy on Sunday 3rd November

The third running of this race will once again be run by the HSCC under the careful eye of the MSA Handicapper.

This race showcases the BWRDC and all those ladies who are competing regularly in their chosen championships.

“This is our opportunity to show we’re out there and racing in mixed sex formula. In a wide variety of cars, we are no less skillful than men, and are cheered on by real motorsport enthusiasts.”

We welcome all manner of vehicles, and at all levels from Novice through to Professional.

With qualifying and race all on the same day, do join is for this end of season event!

Entries are now open for the race. Scroll further down for more info. 

 

Food and Drink

Throughout the Walter Hayes weekend, and at the Stunt & Fireworks show, you will be able to purchase a wide range of delicious food & drink.

Variety is the spice of life and with a number of options available you can take your pick. If you’re looking for something more traditional then tuck into a gourmet burger, or for those who fancy something more exotic, why not head over to one of our varied food and drink outlets?

Ticket Collection

Ticket Collection is located to the right hand side of the Main Gate and is open from the following times:

Saturday 08:30 – 18:00
Sunday 08:30 – 14:00

Open Grandstands

Your ticket allows you to go into the Paddock as well as into the general viewing areas at the circuit. The open grandstands are:

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Woodcote B including disabled terrace 08:00 – 16:30
  • National Pit Straight 08:00 – 16:30
  • BRDC 08:00 – 19:30

Saturday only:

  • Woodcote A 14:00 – 20:00
  • Luffield 14:00 – 20:00

MORE ABOUT THE RACING…

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.

 

Race Entry & Testing

Before booking your testing* or race entry*, please make sure you have read the supplementary regulations.

Please only enter one car at a time. 

Timetable/Forms Price Book /Enter
FORMULA FORD 1600CC  TBC
Wednesday Testing – Open Pit Lane TBC
Thursday Testing TBC
Friday Testing TBC
Race Entry TBC
Full Package* – Thursday/Friday Testing + Race Entry TBC
ALL COMERS SCRATCH RACE FOR CLOSED WHEEL CARS  TBC
Race Entry TBC
LADIES ALL COMERS CLOSED WHEEL HANDICAP  TBC
Race Entry TBC
GENERAL TESTING  TBC
Friday – Closed Wheel TBC
Friday – Open Wheel TBC

Timetable

  • Saturday 2 November
    Time Session Category
    08:00 Gates open
    09:00 – 09:10 WHT Heat 1 Qualifying
    09:20 – 09:30 WHT Heat 2 Qualifying
    09:40 – 09:50 WHT Heat 3 Qualifying
    10:00 – 10:10 HSCC Open Wheel Allcomers Qualifying
    10:20 – 10:30 WHT Heat 4 Qualifying
    10:40 – 10:50 WHT Heat 5 Qualifying
    11:00 – 11:10 HSCC Closed Wheel Allcomers Qualifying
    11:20 – 11:30 WHT Heat 6 Qualifying
    11:45 WHT Heat 1 – 8 laps Race 1
    12:00 – 12:40 Lunch break
    12:40 WHT Heat 2 – 8 laps Race 2
    13:10 WHT Heat 3 – 8 laps Race 3
    13:40 HSCC Open Wheel Allcomers – 20 laps or 25 mins Race 4
    14:20 WHT Heat 4 – 8 laps Race 5
    14:50 WHT Heat 5 – 8 laps Race 6
    15:20 HSCC Closed Wheel Allcomers – 20 laps or 25 mins Race 7
    16:00 WHT Heat 6 – 8 laps Race 8
    18:00 Silverstone Stunt and Fireworks Show begins
    19:00 Silverstone Stunt and Fireworks Show ends
    20:00 Gates close

    *Subject to change

  • Sunday 3 November
    Time Session Category
    08:00 Gates open
    09:00 WHT Progression Race – 10 laps Race 9
    09:25 – 09:40 Silverstone Allcomers Closed Wheel Qualifying
    09:50 – 10:05 BWRDC Ladies Allcomers Closed Wheel Sealed Handicap – 20 laps or 25 mins Qualifying
    10:20 Walter Hayes Last Chance – 10 laps Race 10
    Church break
    11:10 WHT Semi Final 1 – 12 laps Race 11
    11:50 WHT Semi Final 2 – 12 laps Race 12
    12:20 Silverstone Allcomers Closed Wheel – 20 laps or 25 mins Race 13
    12:50 – 13:30 Lunch break
    13:30 BWRDC Ladies Allcomers Closed Wheel Sealed Handicap – 20 laps or 25 mins Race 14
    14:10 The Extra Go Trophy for Non Historic Formula Ford Consolation Race – 12 laps Race 15
    14:40 Janet Cesar Historic Formula Ford Consolation Race – 12 laps
    15:10 WHT Grand Final – 15 laps Race 16
    18:00 Gates close

    *Subject to change

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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:

    Saturday and Sunday:

    • Woodcote B including disabled terrace 08:00 – 16:30
    • National Pit Straight 08:00 – 16:30
    • BRDC 08:00 – 19:30

    Saturday only:

    • Woodcote A 14:00 – 20:00
    • Luffield 14:00 – 20:00
  • 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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