Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry is revved up and ready to go for the return of competitive motorsports to a UK city centre circuit as the event’s first ever sprint competition headlines a weekend of high octane highlights on and off the track.
At Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry on June 2 and 3, a series of time trial events – which will be drawn from the British Automobile Racing Club’s (BARC) various championship series – will take place on the unique city centre Toyo Tires sprint circuit created out of Coventry’s ring road.
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’s (MSA) agreed to issue a licence for the MotoFest Coventry 2018 event.
The Toyo Tires sprint circuit will not be the only circuit to host competitive motorsports during the festival weekend as the short oval circuit hosts Fueltopia’s Formula G Championship ‘best of series’ featuring a timed shoot-out with 20 of its top drivers.
Saturday will be practice sessions before Sunday sees qualifying heats and head to head battles on the circuit to decide who will top the standings for the first competitive Formula G event at Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry.
As well as the competitive elements, the Toyo Tires circuit will also host the popular demonstration displays with an array of two wheeled and four wheeled stars set to feature as part of the weekend’s track action.
The event’s title sponsor Power Maxed will bring their high-flying sponsored Power Maxed Racing British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) cars, with drivers Josh Cook and Senna Proctor, to the festival with at least one of the cars set to run on the circuit.
In the home city of the iconic automotive marque, the Jaguars will roar with a special 30 year anniversary of Jaguar’s XJR-9 1988 Le Mans victory with the iconic car, driven by its winning driver Andy Wallace, set to take part in dynamic runs around the Toyo Tires sprint circuit.
It will be joined at this year’s MotoFest Coventry event by a select group of motorsport marvels from Jaguar’s illustrious racing past including the TWR XJS, winner of the European Touring Car Championship in 1984, the Group 44 E-type, winner of the US SCCA Championship in 1975 and the 393 RW – 1956 Long Nose D-type, sixth at Le Mans and winner of the Reims 12 hour race.
The supercars are also coming to Motofest Coventry as the Supercar Driver club (SCD) – the UK’s leading club for supercar drivers – will make a first ever appearance at Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry with around 50 or so members and their cars set to appear each day.
SCD members cars including Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Ferraris and McLarens will be on display in a dedicated super car area situated close to Coventry Cathedral, with the cars taking to the circuit each day for a special supercar fast lap display.
For two wheeled fans one of the highlights will be a ride-out from historic Coombe Abbey Hotel to the Toyo Tires sprint circuit, followed by a parade lap to officially open this year’s event.
This year will also see a new dedicated bike village with the Get On ride and try experience, Wall of Death, DynABike and displays from classic bike clubs, a street food village and regular food & drink retailers.
For classic car fans this year’s event will feature a ‘show within a show’ as thanks to a five year deal with the Coventry Business Improvement District (BID), this year will see the largest representation of classic cars and bikes ever seen at MotoFest Coventry, with over 1000 cars and bikes set to be on display at the event.
There will also be interactive experiences for visitors to get involved with including the Thatcham Research ‘Stop The Crash’ roadshow showcasing Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) by enabling those attending to experience first-hand the benefits of this technology.
In another first for MotoFest Coventry, Loughborough Car Club on behalf of the Motor Sport Association (MSA), will provide demonstration displays of Autotesting with visitors getting the opportunity to experience this grassroots motorsport through passenger rides and the Electric Zoo project arena which will showcase electric vehicles and autonomous vehicle technologies, with various cars and pods on display.
James Noble, Coventry MotoFest Festival Director, said: “We are looking forward to hosting our biggest and best ever Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry as we get set to lead the way for the return of competitive motorsports to a UK city after 30 years with our first ever sprint competition.
“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, Power Maxed as our title sponsor and the Power Maxed Racing team they support bringing their BTCC cars to the event.
As always 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.
“It all adds up to another super charged and super exciting Coventry Motofest and we look forward to staging another incredible showcase of the city’s automotive heritage.”
Power Maxed MotoFest Coventry is a two-day festival dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, which this year takes place on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June.
There will be a range of automotive activities taking place from pop-up and demonstration events to static displays and fringe events at MotoFest Coventry, now the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK.