Ticket sales record for Silverstone

Silverstone has announced record ticket sales for a 24-hour period with just under 6,500 fans buying their way to seats for next year's race.

More than £1.2 million was generated in revenue from sales following unprecedented demand after the Northamptonshire track confirmed a new long-term deal to host the British Grand Prix.

Managing director Richard Phillips said: "We have been overwhelmed by the early level of interest for tickets for next year's event.

"We're very fortunate Silverstone and F1 enjoy fantastic support from the fans.

"With two world champions (Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button), a British team and a British Grand Prix secured for the long term, there is a lot to be optimistic about.

He added they were awaiting a "busy and exciting year" and promised fans "real value for money, with an array of on- and off-track entertainment".

Silverstone signed the 17-year deal with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and ticket sales are on for next season's July 9-11 event.

In June, the race attracted the highest number of people at the track for 15 years with a cumulative crowed of 310,000 people over the three days, including 120,000 for the race.

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