The fan experience at the Silverstone 500 race day
Written by Will Stephens, Edited by Alessandra Erazo
The historic Silverstone circuit opened its doors to fans last weekend for the British GT Championship. The day was full of racing on the full GP layout of the track with Ginetta's, GB3, GB4 and Porsches making good racing for the fans trackside while the main event wasn't happening.
The paddock is fully open to all where you can see the teams and drivers going through race preparation or taking a moment to relax and joining the fans on the inside of Copse to watch other races when they don't have much to do. The autograph session allowed all the fans to get posters and pictures signed by the drivers who were all very friendly and happy to speak about the upcoming race and where they hope to finish.
Unfortunately, not all the grandstands were open in the area where most fans were but the open ones allowed for amazing viewing of drivers putting the cars on edge through Copse, Brooklands and into Luffield, especially on opening laps where going side by side is a common occurrence. The trackside commentary was very good but when cars pass through, it becomes impossible to hear so things are easily missed. Meaning it is very hard to get a full picture of what's happening in the race without viewing a stream or live timing, an example of this is during the GB4 third race. Several cars were no longer running and it was hard to work out what happened.
The Supercar Sunday event had many exotic cars arrive at the track parked in the paddock area for all to see cars such as the Lamborghini Hurrican Evo and the Ferrari SF90 were sat next to a variety of McLaren's.
On the whole, the event was very good for a day out viewing racing trackside as there will always be something to do whether it is in the paddock or watching a race live on track. The three-hour endurance race was good to see with GT3 fighting while lapping GT4 who were also fighting for position resulting in extremely close racing for the whole event. While one of the fan favourite cars failed to finish, the #77 Enduro Motorsport car was a very nice car to watch lapping as well as the eventual GT3 winner #72 Barwell Motorsport car. Every GT4 made a nice noise but none could compare to the #61 Ford Mustang of Academy Motorsport on the downshift through Copse.