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Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 20:04

Unlike Formula 1 in China, where Lewis Hamilton looked favourite to win the race from early on in the weekend, the 6 Hours of Silverstone are likely to deliver on suspens, thrill and... noise.

Prototype returnees Porsche ended at the top of the timesheets in Practice 1 and Audi resumed normal service in Practice 2. Fans of Mark Webber would have been delighted by the fact he posted the fastest lap in Practice 3 and the Toyota trio of Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima put their TS040 on pole position for today's race.


Photo: Toyota Motor Europe S.A./N.V.

What's more, the LMP1 field in incredibly competitive with just under half a second separating the leading Toyota to the sixth fastest car on the grid. And that is despite different technological concepts used by the factory teams.

Audi uses a V6 diesel engine with 2 mega-joules worth of hybrid power, Toyota is propelled by a V8 petrol engine with 6MJ worth of power recovery and Porsche chose to run a two-litre V4 petrol engine also couple to a 6MJ hybrid unit.

 
Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Friday, 18 April 2014 22:15

Being the home of British motorsport, there is more to Silverstone than just the F1 weekend. The opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is the perfect occasion to soak up the atmosphere of an international motorsport event that is as spectator friendly as it gets.

During the weekend, the teams and drivers are accessible to all as the paddock is kept open for the duration of the event. It is a fantastic opportunity to witness the work of the factory teams such as Audi Sport, Toyota Racing or even Aston Martin Racing in the thick of the action. 2014 marks the return of Porsche Motorsport and Mark Webber in the top category of sportscar racing. You may also get the chance to bump into former F1 drivers (Sebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld and Kazuki Nakajima to name a few) or Le Mans legends (Tom Kristensen, Alex Wurz, etc).


Photo: Toyota Motor Europe S.A./N.V.

The weekend is also unbelievable value for money. WEC tickets cost a fraction of what you'd normally pay for F1 and give you access to all grandstands open on that day to watch the cars from a different angle. Corporate hospitality packs a lot of bang for your buck too.

 
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