Silverstone to host first race of season

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SILVERSTONE will host the opening round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) it has been announced.

Swapping from its traditional autumn date, the British round of the World Endurance Championship will instead blast away from the grid at Silverstone in mid-April with the local track home to the 1000km event on Sunday, April 14.

The FIA World Endurance Championship boasts a globe trotting calendar of eight races for 2013 that will also include European races at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in France before heading to Brazil, the United States, Japan, China and Bahrain.

Advertiser & Review region interest in the WEC is high with Whittlebury’s Strakka Racing and Silverstone’s ADR-Delta and Status Grand Prix all planning to field cars in the competition.

Former Buckingham University student, Marc Gene, will also compete in races at Spa and Le Mans (as reported last week).

Danny Watts, Strakka Racing’s lead driver, said: “It is always great to race at Silverstone.

“Racing internationally I don’t have the opportunity to drive at my home track very often and so to do so at the start of the season will be a major boost.

“So many people want to come to the track and say hello and cheer me and the team on.

“I hope that we will be in a good position to challenge for a podium finish again this year and take the fight to the manufacturer teams that currently lead the way in the series.”

2013 FIA WEC calendar: Silverstone – April 14; Spa-Francorchamps – May 4; Le Mans – June 22; Sao Paulo – September 1; Austin – September 22; Fuji – October 20; Shanghai – November 10; Bahrain – November 30. CB/JB