Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Silverstone Supremo Excited by Project; MOTOR RACING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Silverstone Supremo Excited by Project; MOTOR RACING

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SILVERSTONE managing director Richard Phillips believes he now has a circuit of which Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the sport can be proud.

Richards was speaking after providing the first glimpse of the new pounds 27million pit and paddock complex that is currently six months in construction and is due to be completed by May 2 next year.

The highly-impressive futuristic-looking building is a staggering 350 metre long, contains 41 garages, three hospitality halls, 400- seat media centre, tiered lecture theatre and press conference room.

From a few years ago when Ecclestone once described Silverstone as "a world event masquerading as a country fair," the venue will soon be able to proclaim itself amongst the very best in F1.

Even Phillips now concedes Ecclestone "maybe had a point" with such a remark, but has no doubts he will be bowled over by what he will see when he pays a visit before Christmas.

"He had a look around during the grand prix, and he has promised he will come up in the next few weeks and have another look," said Phillips. "Since we negotiated the new contract he is extremely supportive as he was very pleased with the new circuit and what happened with the grand prix in the summer. …

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