City centre racing part of Coventry’s automotive showcase

The start line at Coventry Motofest

The largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK is expected to attract 130,000 spectators to Coventry this weekend.

Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry provides the return of competitive motorsports to a UK city centre circuit.

It will be the first time competitive motorsport has been hosted on a UK city centre circuit since the Birmingham Superprix in 1990, after the Motor Sport Association agreed to issue a licence for the MotoFest Coventry 2018 event.

James Noble, Coventry MotoFest Festival Director, said the two-day event will provide an “incredible showcase of the city’s automotive heritage”.

He said: “We are expecting over 130,000 visitors and along with the sprint competition they will be able to enjoy competitive motorsport taking place in the short oval circuit, 50 or more supercars appearing each day on display and the circuit.

“There will be iconic and attention grabbing cars from Jaguar including the XJR-9 running on track to mark the 30 anniversary of its 1988 Le Mans victory and a whole host of two and four wheeled action one and off the circuit, including static displays, interactive experiences and fringe events.”

A series of time trial events – which will be drawn from the British Automobile Racing Club’s various championship series – will take place on the unique city centre Toyo Tires sprint circuit created out of Coventry’s ring road.

A short oval circuit hosts Fueltopia’s Formula G Championship ‘best of series’ featuring a timed shoot-out with 20 of its top drivers.