Not all about F1 at Silverstone

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The Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend is not all about Formula 1, write Colin and James Beckett.

The weekend boasts a full supporting cast of racing categories that each provide an exciting element to the Grand Prix weekend.

The GP2 and GP3 Series are the two single-seater categories that support F1 races in Europe, and for enthusiasts of GT and Sportscars, then the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is the race that appeals.

GP2 and GP3 are regarded as the two prime feeder categories to F1 and both entry lists are full of aspiring Grand Prix drivers of tomorrow.

The GP2 standings are currently headed by Monaco-based Stefano Coletti. The Rapax team driver holds a narrow advantage over Felipe Nasr (Carlin) and British driver, Sam Bird (Russian Time Racing).

Home drivers are well-represented in GP2 with Jolyon Palmer (Carlin), James Calado (ART Grand Prix), Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (MP Motorsport) and Jon Lancaster (Hilmer Motorsport) all looking for Silverstone success. The GP2 cars race twice – once on Saturday afternoon when their feature race takes place and again on Sunday morning.

The GP3 cars use new V6 engines this season and have already provided some great action during their opening rounds.

The championship race is headed by Tio Ellinas who drives for the Marussia Manor team, although his margin is slim ahead of the 2008 Walter Hayes Trophy winner, Conor Daly.

Daly has a good career record at Silverstone, and recently competed in the Indianapolis 500.

The Irish-American will be a man to watch as will drivers from the two Silverstone-based teams. Status GP field cars for Jimmy Eriksson, Adderly Fong and Josh Webster, while Bamboo Engineering have cars entered for Lewis Williamson, Melville McKee and Spanish lady racer, Carmen Jorda.

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is currently led by Sean Edwards, and the talented GT driver has scored victory at Silverstone in the series previously. Schooled at Silverstone Drive, Edwards knows his way round the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit very well and he will be a hard man to beat.

He drives for the Team Allyouneed by Project team and holds a narrow points advantage in the championship race over Kuba Giermaziak (Verva Racing) and Michael Ammermuller (Lechner Racing).