Sports Listings: Plan Ahead / British Grand Prix

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IMPROVED facilities at this year's British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on 11 July will be a boon to spectators, but a British win would be a bonus, with Damon Hill, third in the championship, and four other domestic drivers in the race.

The Tourist Information Centre at Brackley can supply information on accommodation. The main hotels in the area are often booked months in advance, but the centre can advise, particularly on bed and breakfast in the outlying villages. There are campsites next to the circuit, booked on arrival. Silverstone has arrangements for the disabled visitor.

Motor Racing International, the Sandwich-based specialist, organises return coaches on race day with several pickup points nationwide. Prices start at pounds 19 and coaches arrive at Silverstone early, allowing spectators to seek out a good vantage point around the circuit. The operator also has a coach package with champagne breakfast for pounds 69.

Page and Moy Ltd, of Leicester, also provide coaches from several cities. The company's hospitality packages cost pounds 345 per person, which includes grandstand seat. Airtrack Services Ltd, of Uxbridge, offers hospitality at pounds 299. A helicopter service to the circuit is operated by all three companies and hotel accommodation can be provided by Motor Racing and Airtrack.

British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 9, 10, 11 July.

Silverstone Circuit, nr Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8TN. Booking Office: 0327-857273 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). First Call ticket line: 081-795 1993.

Admission: Reduction if booked before 25 June. Centre transfer extra. Friday: pounds 17 adults, pounds 4.50 children 15 and under. Grandstand free. Infants two and under free (all days). Saturday: pounds 23.50, pounds 4.50. Grandstand pounds 16 adults, children free. Sunday: pounds 57, pounds 7. Grandstands: Seats available, but Woodcote and Pit startline are sold out: pounds 107 and pounds 115 adults, pounds 57, pounds 63 children.

By road: Signposted from junction 15 on M1, then A43. Car parks are free and next to all spectating areas. By train: Nearest stations are Northampton and Milton Keynes. Special trains run on Saturday and Sunday from London Euston to Milton Keynes with coach connection to circuit. By bus: Special service from Northampton's railway station and Greyfriars Bus Station (0604-36681). By coach: from Birmingham New Street, NEC Birmingham, Coventry, Northampton and Milton Keynes (Sunday only). Details from Silverstone booking office.

Motor Racing International, Golden Key Building, 15 Market Street, Sandwich, Kent (Tel: 0304-612424).

Airtrack Services Ltd, 16-17 Windsor Street, Uxbridge UB8 1AB (Tel: 0895-270921).

Page and Moy Ltd, 136-140 London Road, Leicester LE2 1EN (Tel: 0533-524344).

Tourist Information Centre, 2 Bridge Street, Brackley, Northamptonshire NN13 5EP. (Tel: 0280-700111).

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