Tarmac gear up for Silverstone resurfacing
Company to resurface entire Grand Prix circuit ahead of Formula One British Grand Prix in July
TARMAC have been appointed by Silverstone to resurface their entire world-famous Grand Prix circuit. The company has been tasked with laying a brand-new surface at the Northamptonshire track in time for the venue’s international showpiece events, including July’s Formula One British Grand Prix and the GoPro British MotoGP Grand Prix in August.
This essential track maintenance work will take place over 20 days between 10–30 June and will see a bespoke and highly durable asphalt solution laid that has been specifically designed to withstand the high demands and stresses of vehicles competing in professional racing series.
The work will be carried out under the guidance of internationally renowned motorsport track expert Jarno Zaffelli, who has been appointed by Silverstone as a contractor for the duration of the project and has been involved in planning the project since October 2018.
Paul Fleetham, managing director of Tarmac’s Contracting business, said: ‘We are exceptionally proud to be working with the team at Silverstone to resurface the iconic British race circuit. Our appointment demonstrates both the quality of our people and our first-class track record in delivering high-profile, nationally significant schemes.
‘We’ve assembled a highly skilled team of professionals from across the country who will be working with pioneering innovations in automated construction to deliver the project to the highest possible standard, and we look forward to getting under way.’
Alongside the announcement of the track’s resurfacing, MotoGP owners Dorna have also confirmed the contract to host MotoGP in the UK will stay with Silverstone to the end of 2021.
Silverstone’s managing director, Stuart Pringle, said: ‘Getting to this point has involved a lot of work by the staff at Silverstone but throughout it all we have been completely focused on making sure we make the right decisions to guarantee the future of our most important events with Formula One and MotoGP.
‘In Tarmac, we have a globally renowned company working on the surfacing of the track, and we have one of the most respected of track designers in Jarno Zaffelli working as an expert advisor to Silverstone during the works.’
MotoGP’s chief executive officer, Carmelo Ezpeleta, said: ‘The extension of the contract at Silverstone is a mark of the confidence we have in the circuit to host a successful MotoGP event over the next three years. Silverstone is one of the most historic of all the MotoGP venues and we have been working closely with the circuit to ensure the race has a successful future.
‘We will be assisting with any changes that need to be made regarding the track surface and look forward to continuing to work with Silverstone in what will be the highlight of the motorcycle racing calendar in the UK.’