BRDC completes management restructure of F1 venue Silverstone

Silverstone has a new management team after the British Racing Drivers Club completed a major personnel restructure at the Formula 1 venue

BRDC completes management restructure of F1 venue Silverstone

Patrick Allen has taken over the role of managing director of Silverstone Circuit Limited, after his predecessor Richard Phillips and fellow executive directors Ed Brookes and David Thompson left the company.

The trio had been suspended last October while the BRDC completed an extensive investigation into the running of the British Grand Prix venue, during which BRDC chairman John Grant and board director Lawrence Tomlinson undertook senior roles in the circuit's day-to-day running.

Allen, whose previous experience lies in sales and marketing, will be supported by former BRDC club secretary Stuart Pringle, who has been appointed sporting director and will oversee event management and circuit operations.

The BRDC confirmed the departures of Phillips, Brookes and Thompson in a statement, ending a time at Silverstone that included the construction of the circuit's Wing facility and renewal of its deal hosting Britain's Formula 1 round.

Its statement also revealed that advance sales for the 2015 British Grand Prix were up 16 per cent on 2014 in the wake of Lewis Hamilton's title triumph and the confirmation that Jenson Button will remain a Formula 1 driver with McLaren-Honda.

Allen has targeted turning Silverstone into "the ultimate entertainment venue", with the BRDC saying that events supporting the grand prix, which will take place on July 5, will include concerts, pit walk and parades.

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