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WEDNESDAY, 27TH APRIL 2011
Our favourite UK motor racing circuits

Step your UK holidays up a gear. Why not combine a UK self catering holiday with a visit to a motor racing circuit. Whether you want to watch the professionals from a safe distance, or indulge your inner Michael Schumacher or Jenson Button, read on for our pick of the UK's top motor racing circuits. Go on, put the va-va-voom back into UK holidays.

Le Mans Series 2010 at Silverstone - LM P1 Category - flckr - First Stop - BridgestoneSilverstone, Northamptonshire
Where better to start than the home of the British Grand Prix. Silverstone is synonymous with UK motor racing and is easily accessible for those renting Northamptonshire country cottages and even London apartments. As well as this July's F1, Silverstone has a range of events, including the MotoGP Grand Prix in June for those who prefer their action on two wheels. But if watching isn't enough, you can take to the tarmac in a single-seater race car, Ferrari, Lamborghini, or an Aston Martin for that James Bond experience. Or for something a bit rougher around the edges, go off-road with a rally experience and plenty of mud. Find out more at www.silverstone.co.uk.

IMGP4104 - flckr - mattbuck4950Anglesey, North Wales
If motor racing with scenery is what you're after, then Anglesey ticks all the boxes. From its position on the west coast of the island, Anglesey Circuit overlooks the Irish Sea with the mountains of Snowdonia forming a backdrop. Designed in the 21st century for the 21st century driver, Anglesey Circuit makes the most of the island's hilly landscape. As a result, spectators can enjoy views that other circuits simply can't offer. Anglesey cottages are the ideal accommodation for those wanting to watch some thrilling racing, or to get behind the wheel on a performance driving course. Test days are also available. Information on all fixtures and activities available at Anglesey motor racing circuit can be found on its website: www.anglesey-race-circuit.co.uk.

Goodwood Festival of speed 2010 lewis hamilton - flckr - richebetsGoodwood, Sussex
Home of the Vintage at Goodwood Festival, this country estate is what could be described as a bit of an all-rounder. And the icing on the cake has to be its 2.4 mile motor racing circuit. Whether you like the thrills and spills of high speed racing, or appreciate things at a more sedate pace, Goodwood has something to offer. Goodwood's Festival of Speed caters to those who live life in the fast lane, while Goodwood Revival is a nostalgia-fest of cars from the days gone by. Track Days are available for adrenaline junkies of any level of experience. Younger enthusiasts can take part in Goodwood's educational Mini Drivers scheme and equip themselves with driving skills before they're even 17 - as long as you meet the minimum height requirements, you can take a Mini for a  (careful) spin round the track! Find out more about all Goodwood has to offer at www.goodwood.co.uk/motorsport/motorsport.aspx.

IMG_4607 - flckr - Stephen HyndsKnockhill, nr Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Knockhill is home to the Scottish Motor Show, this year taking place May 21-22.  Both youngsters and the young at heart can have a go at karting round the centre's 500 metre purpose-built track, travelling at up to 50mph. Having trouble enticing your teenager to join you on holidays in Scotland? The Teen Drive experience at Knockhill is a good bribe! Or if you want to put your own wheels to the test, time your holiday in Scotland to coincide with one of Knockhill's Hot Hatch track days - pit yourself against the 1.3 mile tarmac track, or venture off road. If you prefer to take a back seat, then simply admire all the track cars that have gathered for the event. Read more about Knockhill and its events at www.knockhill.com.

Oulton Park 2010 512 - flckr - Chilled PhillOulton Park, Little Budworth, Cheshire
Oulton Park circuit is set in the grounds of the rather grand Oulton Hall, deep in the Cheshire countryside.  Many professional drivers consider it to be one of the most challenging circuits to drive, given its rapidly changing gradients and blind crests. The full circuit is 2.8 miles long, but it is divided up into shorter, but no less forgiving, tracks. As well as speed-filled races, Oulton Park also hosts a vintage meet to rival that of Goodwood's - Oulton's Gold Cup is one of the UK's premier classic car events, and spectators can get up close to marvel at the motors taking part. You can find out more about the Oulton's Gold Cup on the circuit's website: www.motorsportvision.co.uk/oulton-park/index.asp

 

POSTED BY: RACHAEL
AT 12:30

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