Sports Listings: Plan Ahead: Motor Racing, British Grand Prix

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Damon Hill will carry the burden of hope for a home victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on 10 July. After the death of the former world champion, Ayrton Senna, Hill is Williams' standard bearer in the world drivers' championship which is led at present by the German, Michael Schumacher.

The heightened concern over safety in Formula One after the spate of recent accidents, two of which claimed the lives of Senna and the Austrian driver, Roland Ratzenberger, has been reflected in proposed changes to the Silverstone circuit.

They have been endorsed by the Grand Prix Drivers' Association and are awaiting the approval of FIA, the sport's world governing body.

The changes will tighten the entrances to Copse Corner, Stowe Corner, Abbey Curve, Priory and the pit lane, thereby reducing speed. In addition, gravel traps and tyre walls will be extended, and some kerbing lowered.

Silverstone can supply information on accommodation. The main hotels in the area are often booked months in advance, but the booking office can advise, particularly on bed and breakfast in the outlying villages.

There are camping sites adjacent to the circuit, booked on arrival. Silverstone also have arrangements for the disabled spectator.

Page and Moy Ltd, ofLeicester, organise return coaches from several towns to Silverstone. For example, London is pounds 18 and Manchester pounds 22. Their hospitality packages cost pounds 245 per person, with race tickets an extra pounds 115.

They also run helicopter flights to the circuit at pounds 265, as do Airtrack Services Ltd, of Uxbridge, for pounds 249 between the peak time of 9.30-10.30am and pounds 199 off peak. Airtrack offer two hospitality packages at pounds 199 and pounds 325.

British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 8, 9 and 10 July.

Silverstone Circuit, nr Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8TN. Booking Office: 0327-857273 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday). 24-hour information service including ticket news: 0839-123111.

Admission: Friday: pounds 17 adults, pounds 4 children 15 and under. Grandstand free. Centre transfer pounds 11 adult, pounds 3 child. Saturday: pounds 23, pounds 4. Grandstand pounds 18 adults and children. Centre transfer pounds 13 adult, pounds 3 child. Family Grandstand (Pit Straight, Stowe, Luffield) pounds 25 adults and children. Sunday: pounds 57, pounds 7. Grandstand: Some seats vailable in the Pit Straight or at Stowe pounds 115 adult and child. Centre transfer pounds 17.

By road: Signposted from junction 15 on M1, then A43. Car parks are are free and adjacent to all spectating areas. By train: Nearest stations are Northampton and Milton Keynes. By bus: Special service from Northampton's Greyfriars Bus Station and railway station (0604- 36681). Details from Silverstone booking office.

For further information on hospitality, contact: 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).

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