‘Ultimate venue’ dream for new Silverstone team

Outgoing circuit chief Richard Phillips
Outgoing circuit chief Richard Phillips

Silverstone Circuit has brought in two new chiefs to transform the track into the ‘ultimate entertainment venue’ as Grand Prix grandstands reach bursting point.

Former managing director Richard Phillips (pictured right) along with Ed Brookes and David Thompson were suspended in October.

But the trio will not be retaining their roles as the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) has now drafted in Patrick Allen as managing director and Stuart Pringle, who has taken on a new position of sporting director.

It ends months of uncertainty, while an investigation into the circuit’s profitability took place.

But the BRDC is now looking forward to enhancing the venue experience amid rocketing sales of advanced tickets for the British Grand Prix.

Mr Allen said “Silverstone has great potential to become the ultimate entertainment venue and with the support of the team I believe we can make it the place to go.

“I want our customers to know that they can visit the circuit any weekend of the year and be guaranteed an amazing value for money experience.

“Whether that is to watch motor racing, visit a music concert, enjoy a food festival or attend an exhibition.”

BRDC Chairman John Grant thanked the suspended trio for overseeing ‘significant growth and diversification’, their ‘contributions to Silverstone’ and ‘wished them well for the future’.