“ World series by Renault is an annual free car racing event event. The Silverstone event is one of a series of worldwide events. „
World Series by Renault is a motor racing series formed the Renault car company. Like other series' it is world wide with the UK round now being held at Silverstone on the new Grand Prix circuit. What makes this event stand out from the others is the fact it is completely free. Tickets can be obtained through Renault but they do run out quite quickly.
The event runs over a weekend 2010 being in September. The weekend runs much like a formula one weekend qualifying on Saturday with some of the smaller formulas 1st races and Sunday is race day which is televised on sky.
2010s races were:
* Formula Renault 3.5
* Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
* Eurocup Renault Megane trophy
* Formula Renault uk
* National Clio cup
* F4 Eurocup 1.6
There is also various demonstration runs such as the Renault F1 car.
I have had the opportunity to attend for the last few years but it was at Donnington which is a little too far for me to travel and then it clashed with another event I was attending.....2010 was a different story.
We chose to camp for the event at about £30 for the weekend each at Litchlake farm. You can see the grandstands of the track from the field you stay in so it really is only 5 minutes walking time if that.
I cannot fault the experience within the circuit confines I believe it was all made the better because of the fact it was free but still it was incredible. On entry everyone was handed a small event programme with all the event listings and drivers in a very handy piece of paper for your weekend. The ticket gave you unlimited access to the grand stands and viewing areas allowing you to try and then pick where you feel the best viewing spot is. Another great advantage to the event is the unlimited access to the in-field area and most of the pit areas. Of course the actual pit lane is off bounds during on track action but they do open it for around half an hour each day to allow anyone who wishes to walk the pit lane and meet some of the World Series by Renault drivers. I was amazed at just how much access the general public were allowed as we walked in amongst the team lorries and hospitality suites. Accompanying the pit area in the centre of the track was a small selection of entertainment for children this included bumper cars competitions and a carousel also free, and for the adults was the chance to either be driven in a selection of Renault cars by a professional or to take a test drive for yourself.
Food is obviously not included and this is charged at the usual motor sport prices around £5-6 for a large pork baguette it sounds expensive but its very filling to the point of having to leave some.
The highlight for many is being able to see an f1 car for nothing and we were treated to a full display by test driver and soon to be 2011 F1 race driver Jerome d'Ambrosio.
*~*~*THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IF ATTENDING*~*~*
Ok so here is a few things which I think would be handy if you are attending in the future (a few I wish someone had told me):
* The cars actually practice on the Friday and we found out that although only Luffield standing area is open the security were quite happy for us to go in and watch not many know this as at one point we were the only people in there.
* If you want to do the Pit Walk make sure you get there with plenty of time, I did spend a good half an hour queuing but was near the front and got to walk the full pit lane and meet all of the drivers.
* Wear good shoes! If you have never been to Silverstone....it is bigger than you think. I know the first time I went which was a good few years ago I was shocked compared to other tracks id attended.
* There is a grandstand in the in-field over looking the maggots/becketts complex if you are in there sit at the very top then not only can u look forward but if you turn to look behind you, you can watch part of the new complex as well.
* Keep your eyes peeled there are plenty of well known people from the world of motor sport wandering about Nigel Mansell for example was among the pit garages supporting his son.
* Plan!!!! There were some pretty big queues for the bumper cars and carrousel we chose to avoid them but if you really did want a go best to go early or late you also need to make sure you are in a decent spot for the race action you want to see so use your free planner.
* Last but by no means least...ENJOY YOURSELF with everyone there for the same reason the track and campsites become alive and it is this, like on Grand Prix weekend that make it an incredible and unforgettable experience
Everybody likes a freebie and what more could you ask for than 3 days of enjoyment and racing I hope to be a regular attendee and would recommend it to anyone.