A Chance in a Lifetime Opportunity to Join a Formula One Team
As further support of National Motorsport Week, two of the UK-based Formula One teams – MERCEDES PETRONAS GP and Team Lotus – are each inviting two members of the public to join their respective pit crews at the forthcoming events.
The four lucky winners joining either Team Lotus or MERCEDES PETRONAS GP for a memorable day will be selected at random from those entering a simple competition hosted on www.gomotorsport.net website. The promotion opens today Monday 20 June and will close at midnight on Friday 24 June when a series of competitions to win factory tours at all eight UK-based F1 teams will commence. Terms and conditions apply and are detailed on the website.
As fully-uniformed members of the team, two winners will join MERCEDES PETRONAS GP at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on either 2 or 3 July. They will assist in the preparation and running of the team’s entry in the world-famous hill climb, providing an experience of a lifetime opportunity to see the operation of a Formula One team from the inside and enjoy the Festival from a unique perspective.
The two other winners will join Team Lotus at a forthcoming straight-line test at the Kemble Airfield, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire on either 4 or 5 July. They, too, will gain a rarely seen insight into the workings of a modern Grand Prix team.
Alongside a wide range of initiatives and activities taking place up and down the country at teams, venues, businesses and motor clubs, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be offering its own support to National Motorsport Week. Britain’s most successful F1 team will be acknowledging and rewarding the legion of volunteer marshals who give up their time to ensure the smooth running of thousands of motor sport events staged in the UK every year. Recognising their contribution, McLaren is offering all registered marshals the opportunity to visit the state-of-the-art McLaren Technology Centre in Woking later in the year via a special competition which, again, will be hosted on the www.GoMotorsport.net website during National Motorsport Week.
Backed by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), the UK’s governing body of motorsport, and the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), National Motorsport Week exists both to highlight the UK’s on-going world-leading role in all areas of international motor sport as well as to showcase the wide range of opportunities open to enthusiasts at grass roots level throughout the country.
“We are delighted that all eight of the UK based Formula One teams are supporting National Motorsport Week by providing the public with so many special ‘money can’t buy’ opportunities,” said Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA. “We have already announced an amazing line up of factory tours giving members of the public are rare chance to see the inner workings of a Grand Prix team and now Team Lotus and MERCEDES PETRONAS GP are taking that one step further by inviting four lucky winners to join their teams for very specials day at Goodwood and Kemble. McLaren’s offer is equally generous. Whether it’s the thousand plus volunteers helping to stage the Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone or the handful of enthusiasts running a Sunday morning autotest, British motor sport wouldn’t be possible without their support. Initiatives like this provide them with some well earned respect and reward.”
The full range of National Motorsport Week activities – from Croft Circuit in the North East to Mercedes World at Brooklands inside the M25, from M-Sport in Cockermouth to Force India at Silverstone, from Fort Dunlop in Birmingham to Daytona’s kart centre in Milton Keynes – are now listed under the events section on www.nationalmotorsportweek.com
Motorsport & the UK
- Britain has produced more F1 World Champions than any other nation with ten title winners; Brazil and Finland are next up with three each.
- Two of the last three F1 World Champions are British – Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
- More British drivers (31) have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans than those representing any other nation, including France (26).
- Guernseyman Andy Priaulx MBE is the only driver to have won three World Touring Car Championship titles.
- The reigning IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 champion is Dario Franchitti from Scotland.
- UK karters currently hold six of the 19 International karting titles awarded by the CIK-FIA.
- The UK is one of only two countries to host rounds of all four major FIA World Championships: FIA Formula 1 World Championship, FIA World Rally Championship, FIA GT1 World Championship and FIA World Touring Car Championship.
- There are more than 32,000 MSA Competition Licence holders in the UK.
- The UK hosts almost 5,000 MSA sanctioned motor sport events every year including: autocross, autotest, circuit racing, cross-country, drag racing, hillclimbing, karting, rallycross, rallying, sprinting, time attack and trials.
- British-based constructors have won no fewer than 34 F1 Constructors’ Championship well ahead of Italian (16) and French (3) based teams.
- Eight of the 12 current F1 teams are based in the UK.
- Two of the three premier World Rally Championship teams are based in the UK.
- The FIA World Touring Car Championship winning team is based in the UK.
- UK companies dominate the design and manufacture of components used in the majority of the world’s competition categories.
- More than 4,000 UK companies are involved in the technology driven world of UK Motorsport and Performance Engineering Industry with an annual turn-over of £6 billion – if which £3.6 billion exported.
- These innovative businesses invest more than 30 per cent of their sales into R&D when the UK pharmaceutical industry invests 15 per cent.
- Motorsport supports nearly 40,000 full and part-time jobs of which 25,000 are qualified engineers.
For more information, please visit: www.gomotorsport.net,