Alice PowellBRDC Rising Star, Alice Powell, was one of 800 guests who attended the opening of Silverstone circuit’s state-of-the-art new Pit, Paddock and Conference complex – The Silverstone Wing.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, KG, who is President in Chief of the BRDC, (pictured here with Alice) formally opened the new building that represents the second stage of a multi-million pound investment in the Home of British Motor Racing and heralds an exciting new era for British motor sport.

The official opening ceremony took guests on an evocative journey through the history of Silverstone, including appearances by many of the biggest names in the history of British motor sport. Five of Britain’s six living Formula World Champions – John Surtees OBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Nigel Mansell OBE, Damon Hill OBE and Jenson Button MBE – were in attendance, along with fellow Formula One luminaries, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Frank Williams, Christian Horner, Ross Brawn, David Coulthard and Murray Walker.

The worlds of MotoGP and World Superbikes were also represented at the launch, by a host of Britain’s best riders, including Cal Crutchlow, Jonathan Rea and James Toseland, who showed their support for their home circuit and the stunning new facility.

Following the opening ceremony the guests, who also included BRDC members and selected media, enjoyed exploring the new complex, which includes 41 garages, a race control building, a podium, media centre, hospitality and VIP spectator zones.

Alice said of the event and on being part of motorsport history, ” I was honoured to be invited by the BRDC to come to the opening of the “Wing”. To be in a room with such great racing drivers and people was incredible. The facilities that Silverstone and the BRDC have produce are outstanding and I really can’t wait to race there in August and October.”

Alice is now preparing for her next race, which is in two weeks (June 4th and 5th), at Oulton Park.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.