BBC F1’S COULTHARD JOINS AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL

One of Britain’s most-successful Formula 1 drivers of the generation, 13-time race winner David Coulthard has joined the guest list for the 25th anniversary edition of Autosport International. Europe’s biggest motorsport show was first held in 1991, the year ‘DC’ won the prestigious Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix on his way to F1.

The Scot has enjoyed a decorated 247-race F1 career, succeeding the late Ayrton Senna at Williams, before driving for McLaren and retiring behind the wheel of the Red Bull RB4 in 2008. He has since competed in Germany’s DTM (Touring Car Championship), and moved seamlessly into the media as part of the BBC’s F1 broadcast team.

Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC, Coulthard will appear during the event’s two public days, 10-11 January, dissecting the mammoth 2014 season and looking ahead to the new year.

“One of the fantastic things about motorsport is the way it brings passionate fans together and Autosport International is a big part of that,” Coulthard said.

“I’ve got very fond memories of 1991, when I moved into Formula 3 and won Macau, and I’ve enjoyed attending the show over the years at different stages of my career. There’ll be lots to talk about from Formula 1, particularly following this incredible title fight between Lewis and Nico, and I’m looking forward to getting back to the NEC in January.”

Coulthard will be joined by the likes of 2014 FIA World Rallycross and 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg and British Touring Car Championship aces Andrew Jordan, Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal.

“Throughout Autosport International’s history, David Coulthard has been at the forefront of world motorsport, including winning at the very highest level, Formula 1,” said Ian France, Autosport International Show Director.

“As one of the UK’s most popular drivers we’re delighted David will be joining us to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary.”

The stars will be accompanied by exclusive displays spanning Formula 1 to karting, the 5,000-seat Live Action Arena, a host of interactive activities and supercars in the Performance Car Show, in association with Autocar and PistonHeads.com.

Tickets to Autosport International are available from £32 for adults, with children’s tickets priced from £21 and children under five years admitted for free. For tickets, visit www.autosportinternational.com.

Notes to editors

*8-9 January are dedicated Trade-only days

Applications for media accreditation are now welcomed through http://bit.ly/ASI15accred until 20 December 2014. Full terms and conditions can be found at http://www.autosportinternational.com/trade/Content/Media-accreditation-TandCs

For more information or high resolution imagery, please contact a member of the Autosport International Press Office on 44 (0)1908 635300 or email asi-pr@rsm-auto.com.

Tickets are now on sale for the public show, which is held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, on 10-11 January 2014. Advanced adult tickets cost £32, with children’s tickets priced at £21 (children under five years of age go free). Group tickets are also available. Paddock passes are available from £42, with VIP tickets from £120.

Paddock passes include general admission plus: access to Driver Signing Area where visitors can get autographs of famous drivers and motor racing celebrities, access to the backstage Paddock Area and a paddock guide.

VIP tickets include: exclusive access to the VIP enclosure at the very top of the Live Action Arena grandstand, complete with complimentary champagne and canapés, a dedicated Club Lounge where VIP Club ticket holders can chill out, complimentary parking at the NEC, complimentary cloak room, access to Driver Signing Area and dedicated VIP signing sessions, fast-track entry to the Live Action Arena and access to the backstage Paddock Area, plus a paddock guide, show guide and goodie bag.

For more ticket information call 44 (0)844 581 1420 or visit www.autosportinternational.com

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8-11 January 2015NEC Birmingham, UK Featuring every level of motor racing, from karting to Formula 1, the show truly brings together the world of motorsport under one roof. Catering for both professionals and motorsport fans alike, Autosport International incorporates two trade-only days (8 & 9) followed by two Public days (10 & 11) dedicated to motorsport enthusiasts. Autosport International takes place alongside the leading UK exhibition dedicated to enthusiasts of sports and performance cars, the Performance Car Show; giving visitors the ideal place to see the very best high-performance machines in their full glory.

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