SOLBERG, CROFT AND RECORD ATTEMPTS FOR LIVE ACTION ARENA

FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg will star in next weekend’s Autosport International Live Action Arena, which will be hosted by Sky Sports F1’s David Croft and feature a Guinness World Record attempt from Brit Alastair Moffat.

The Live Action Arena is the UK’s largest indoor racetrack, home to exciting, 70-minute shows packed with live racing, stunts and celebrity appearances over the course of the 8-11 January* event at Birmingham’s NEC.

Also a former World Rally Champion, Solberg will demonstrate a Citroën Xsara WRC, the car which carried the French manufacturer to six FIA world titles in four years, entertaining 5,000 fans in each session.

“Driving a car like my Citroën Xsara WRC inside definitely isn’t something you get to do every day, so I’m really looking forward to the Live Action Arena shows,” Solberg said.

“With so much power and noise, it’s a sensational car for the stages, and I’m sure it’ll look and sound even better within the confines of the NEC to all of the fans.”

A popular broadcaster, ‘Crofty’ will introduce the action, share his take on the world of Formula 1 and interview motorsport stars including 13-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard and Croft’s Sky Sports F1 colleague and newly-crowned FIA World Endurance Champion Anthony Davidson.

“The Live Action Arena showcase is unique and adrenaline-fuelled. There’s really something for everyone in each show, whether you’re there to see the racing, be amazed by the stunts or hear from the stars,” he said.

“It’ll be great to see Petter Solberg on the limit in such a confined environment, and catch up with the likes of David Coulthard and my Sky Sports F1 buddy Anthony Davidson, sharing their take on the 2014 F1 season and looking ahead to 2015.”

In each show, Alastair Moffat will look to reclaim his Guinness World Record for the world’s tightest parallel park. Set in 2013, Moffat’s record of performing a handbrake park into a space just 3.4 inches longer than the Mini he was driving was broken in November by Chinese Drift Champion Han Yue.

Excitement also comes through side-by-side racing from BTRDA Rallycross Clubman Championship Super Modifieds, BriSCA F2, BriSCA F1 Stock Cars, Autograss Class 7 and Specials, while Team Japspeed will return with sensational drifting demonstrations.

From motoring’s Performance Car Show, presented by Landsail Tyres, in association with Autocar and PistonHeads.com, a collection of Autocar’s Britain’s Best Driver’s Cars 2014 will also feature, led by the Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren 650S and Porsche P11 GT3.

Including Live Action Arena access, 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

Further news from Autosport International can be found here: http://news.cision.com/autosport-international-2015

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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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