Race enthusiasts gearing up for National Motorsport Week 2013

30th September 2012

The dates for next year's National Motorsport Week have been announced, with the UK's leading racing bodies to host the popular event from June 29th until July 7th 2013.

Organised by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), the high profile event coincides with the biggest draw in the racing calendar – the 2013 Santander Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

This year's race was greeted with as much fervor as ever by fans, despite the fact that torrential rains in the days leading up to the event threatened to put a damper on proceedings.

As it was, Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber took the chequered flag in front of an estimated 125,000 spectators. However, he hasn't been able to capitalise on that strong performance and currently lies fifth in the F1 standings this year, 62 points behind leader Fernando Alonso.

The 2013 Grand Prix is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet, particularly with Britain's homegrown talents set to be driving for different teams following Lewis Hamilton's high-profile switch from McLaren to Mercedes.

With tyre strategy playing a crucial role in the drivers' performance this season and Pirelli anticipating no major changes ahead of the 2013 campaign, it will be interesting to see Hamilton's and Jenson Button's opposing styles in action when they go head to head.

All eight of the UK-based F1 teams supported National Motorsport Week this year, and 13-time F1 grand prix winner David Coulthard has been appointed as an official spokesman for this year, alongside Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One chief executive Nick Fry.

Colin Hilton, chief executive of the MSA, said: "We are delighted to receive widespread support from across the motor sport community, from all UK-based F1 teams right down to the grass roots through our registered clubs.

"The challenge is to keep the momentum going and make next year's celebration better still. I would urge all motor clubs to pencil the date into their diaries and start thinking about how they might be able to use National Motorsport Week 2013 to help recruit new members."

Beyond the glitz and glamour of the F1 world, the week-long celebration of motor sport will once more include the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed, which traditionally serves as the opening act to the British F1 Grand Prix.

If the 2012 event is anything to go by, motor racing fans will have plenty more to enjoy, with the summer spectacular including everything from MPs competing on an F1 simulator at the Palace of Westminster to local clubs organising taster events for novices to take to the tracks.

There were also a series of open days at some of the country's leading motor sports businesses, which attracted a multitude of youngsters, their families and other parties interested in learning about the opportunities for various careers within the motor sport industry.

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