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Motorsport Champions take to the Stage at Silverstone MotorSport UK 2012

Motor sport champions from across the country head to Silverstone on 3-4 November for the Silverstone MotorSport UK show, a Who’s Who of exhibitors from the world of national motorsport, exciting ‘live’ elements and the inaugural Spirit of Motorsport Awards.

Silverstone MotorSport UK will feature a live stage presented by theCheckeredFlag.co.uk and Motors TV headed up by 2012 champions including Michael Meadows (Porsche Carrera Cup GB),Jack Goff (Clio Cup), James Walker (VW Racing Cup), Charlie Robertson (Ginetta Jr), Henry Gilbert (Mini Challenge) and British GT frontrunner Zoe Wenham, who finished second in the GT4 class.

They will be joined by BTCC racer and Team-HARD boss Tony Gilham, Ginetta GT Supercup frontrunner Tom Ingram, upcoming Clio Cup star Josh Files, 2009 Clio Cup champion and GT racer Phil Glew, Aaron Scott who has been busy in both British GT and Britcar.

There is also an international flavour as European Formula 3 star Emil Bernstoff joins the line up with Oliver Webb who was been racing in the American Indycar feeder series in 2012 and Freddy Nordstrom who has been racing the in the NASCAR endorsed Euro Racecar series showing some of the talent that has come up through the ranks of UK motor sport.

Rising stars Max Coates (Ginetta GT Supercup), Ollie Chadwick(Ginetta Jr), Jade Edwards (Ma5da MX5 Cup) and Laura Tillet(Formula BARC) also feature on the stellar line up.

Martin Capenhurst comments “We are absolutely thrilled to have such a line up of talented drivers coming to SMUK this year from every spectrum of motorsport. For all aspiring motor racing drivers, this is a fantastic opportunity to hear their experiences first hand and really understand what it takes to compete and build a career in motorsport.”

theCheckeredFlag.co.uk Editor-in-Chief Vince Pettit added: “The selection of drivers on the main stage give a brilliant representation of motor sport in the UK and will bring visitors a great insight in to career development as a competitor.”

Silverstone MotorSport UK will also play host to more than 100 companies from the world of motorsport. Exhibitors include some of the UK’s largest motor sport championships and key suppliers, and the event will see the announcement of the first Spirit of Motorsport Awards winners, who will share a £10,000 prize fund, courtesy of high performance oil and lubricant manufacturer RAVENOL.
Keep up with the latest show news online at www.motorsportshow.co.ukwww.twitter.com/SMUKshow and
www.facebook.com/SilverstoneMotorsportUk.

All Motor Racing Club members benefit from a 33% reduction on the admission charge (just £10 instead of the standard on-the-door ticket price of £15) on production of their MSA Licence or club membership.

Parking for all show visitors is FREE.

Zoe Wenham Secures Second Place In British GT Championship

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18-year-old racer Zoe Wenham secured second place in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship GT4 class in the scorching heat at Silverstone with one race still left on the calendar.

A challenging weekend saw time lost on the Saturday with overheating problems in her Ginetta G50 as Silverstone basked in a late summer heatwave, hard work from the Century Motorsport team saw the car repaired and ready to go for the three hour endurance race.

While main championship rivals Team WFR took the race victory and the championship Tewkesbury-based Wenham battled hard with her teammate Dom Evans to secure a strong finish in the high attrition race.

“The race at Silverstone was slightly disappointing as we should have been on the pace of the front in qualifying.” said Wenham. “Although I secured second place I had hoped to do it in more style – at least with a podium – but it just wasn’t to be. We did our utmost to try and put ourselves in a good position but struggled more than we had thought with tyre degredation. All in all it was a great experience but would have been nice to come away with a trophy.”

A consistent season of improving performances has seen Wenham come on leaps and bounds through the season as she made her debut in sportscars after a brief flirt with the SaxMax championship and the VW Racing Cup since passing her ARDS test at just age 13 in 2008.

“My debut year in GT’s has been absolutely amazing, the cars are out of this world and a pleasure to drive especially against so many well respected drivers in the motorsport world. I could only have dreamed of 2nd place at the start of the year and it has become a reality so a huge thanks goes to everyone involved: Century Motorsport, Supagard, FadalCNC, CapMedia and my family!”

“My confidence improved throughout the season and I can only hope that budget will come together for next year and I can win the championship.” added Wenham.

Century Motorsport team principal Nathan Freke has been impressed with Wenham’s progress throughout the year: “Zoe started the year quite nervous and not fully believing her capability but with time in the car she has flourished and has become a great little GT driver proving she can mix it with the top drivers in the class. ”

“She’s got a very level head on her and her style is very easy on the car, which for GT driving is essential. I’m so pleased for her to secure second in the championship this season. Its a fantastic achievement for someone with her experience and I hope she capitalises on this and carries the momentum through into next year.”

“It’s been a joy to have her in the team and hope the relationship is a long term one.” added Freke.

High resolution photos available on request – please contact vince@blackeaglemedia.co.uk

About the Avon Tyres British GT Championship:

The 2012 Avon Tyres British GT championship showcases the most prestigious and stylish sportscar grid of any national motorsport championship. The 2012 season will visit six UK venues with one international event held at Germany’s infamous Nurburging GP circuit, during the N24 weekend.

For further information please visit: http://www.britishgt.com/ Press images of the championship can be downloaded from: http://www.britishgt.com/gallery.php

Photo credit: Marc Waller