New bike-friendly layout planned for race circuit
18 February 2009

Silverstone is looking beyond the British GP's planned switch to Donington from 2010 with these changes to make the circuit more friendly for bike racers and spectators.

The plans show a new infield section of track, called the Arrowhead, that runs from the approach at Abbey and on the inside of Becketts. New spectator areas and the existing grandstand at Becketts will provide vantage points from which to see two sections of track.

Other changes include the removal of the grandstands and safety barriers at Woodcote; they will be replaced by a new run-off area to improve rider safety for planned MotoGP and British Superbike events.

The new layout will also see the removal of the chicane at Woodcote, increasing the chance of overtaking along the pit straight.

Silverstone’s owner, the British Racing Drivers' Club, expects the £5m renovation of the circuit to start in November. Work should be finished by March the following year, in time for the start of the 2010 MotoGP season.

George Barrow

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK
  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals