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New college opens at Silverstone

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A general view of Moto GP practice session at Silverstone, Northamptonshire. Credit: PA Images

A new college which aims to produce the engineers of the future for Britain's motorsport industry opens its doors today.

Silverstone University Technical College will welcome its first 200 students to years 10 and 12. They will be based in a new £10-million school building at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire.

Deal reached to redevelop land around Silverstone

Plans to redevelop land surrounding the Silverstone race circuit in Northamptonshire, have been unveiled by its site owners, the British Racing Drivers Club.

London commercial property firm MEPC has paid £32 million for a 999 year lease.

A mixture of commercial, engineering and leisure projects are earmarked for the land, which has planning permission. It's part of a long-term business strategy for the complex.

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Silverstone sale

The land around the circuit has been sold. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The British Racing Drivers' Club has confirmed that Silverstone has been sold to a commercial property company called MEPC.

The BRDC has now revealed it has sold the Silverstone Industrial Estate and development land around the circuit to MEPC on a 999-year lease for £32million.

While the BRDC says the deal "does not include the management or development of Silverstone Circuit itself", the payment has in turn allowed it to clear loans and BRDC chairman Stuart Rolt says he is sure the deal will ensure the continued growth of the Silverstone site.

The land has been sold on a 999 year lease. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We have every confidence that their vision for our land will see the realisation of a high-quality development, which will add to the ever growing status of Silverstone as a world-class centre for motor sport and vehicle engineering."

BRDC Chairman, Stuart Rolt.

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Caterham confirms test line-up at Silverstone

Giedo van der Garde
Giedo van der Garde Credit: PA Images

Caterham's race drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic will take over from Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens for the final day of the Young Driver Test which begins at Silverstone tomorrow.

Van der Garde and Pic will take advantage of the chance to test Pirelli tyres at the Northamptonshire circuit on Friday.

Caterham reserve driver Rossi took part in the FP1 session during the Canadian Grand Prix in early June and will be on track tomorrow.

Fellow Caterham Racing Academy product Stevens, currently fourth in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship standings, will get his first chance behind the wheel of the CT03 on Thursday.

Rossi said: "We have a busy workload ahead of us and I'm pleased I can both add this as another step in my development as an F1 driver, and help the team continue the push for the second half of the F1 season."

Stevens added: "I spent quite a bit of time last week in the simulator so I'm comfortable with most of the systems I'll be working with and, while obviously nothing can really prepare you for the first time you drive an F1 car, I'm as ready as I can be."

Calado set for Silverstone test drive for Force India

GP2 Series 2013, Grand Prix of Monaco, #3 James Calado
GP2 Series 2013, Grand Prix of Monaco, #3 James Calado Credit: PA Images

British GP2 driver James Calado is to drive for Force India during the three-day Young Driver Test which begins at Silverstone tomorrow.

ART Grand Prix driver Calado, who has already taken part in straight-line aero testing in the VJM06, will share duties at the Northamptonshire circuit along with Force India race drivers Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil.

The team will decide the driving schedule on each morning of the three-day test.

Vijay Mallya, Force India team principal and managing director, said: "We are pleased to give James the opportunity to test with us at Silverstone.

"As a graduate of the Racing Steps Foundation, his talent and determination have brought him to our attention and this is the ideal occasion to evaluate him further.

"The priority this week is to give the team a better understanding of the new Pirelli tyres due to be introduced next week in Budapest.

Ricciardo gets chance to impress at Silverstone

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo Credit: PA Images

Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo will get the chance to impress his prospective future employers when he drives for Red Bull at the Silverstone young driver test tomorrow.

With front line drivers now allowed to take part in the test Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will also test Pirelli tyres at the Northamptonshire circuit.

Ricciardo, along with team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne and Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, has been tipped to take over a Red Bull when Webber leaves at the end of the season.

Ricciardo will take to the track tomorrow afternoon, Webber on Thursday afternoon and Vettel on Friday afternoon.

Red Bull will also test with the team's junior drivers, with Antonio Felix da Costa on track on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Carlos Sainz Junior on Friday morning.

A statement on the Red Bull website read: "Antonio's test with Infiniti Red Bull Racing fulfils the team's commitment to grant the mid-season leader of the World Series by Renault a full day's test in the RB9."

Engineering students from all over the world test their skills at Silverstone

Valtteri Bottas, Mark Webber and Esteban Gutierrez. British Grand Prix, Sunday 30th June 2013
Valtteri Bottas, Mark Webber and Esteban Gutierrez. British Grand Prix, Sunday 30th June 2013 Credit: PA Images

Hundreds of engineering students from all over the world will be testing their skills at Silverstone today, at the world's largest student motorsport event.

Over 100 teams, including three from our region, will race single seat cars they have built from scratch over the past year.

The cars are judged on speed, acceleration and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.

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