Motofest set to return with evening races for first time - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Motofest set to return with evening races for first time

John Carlon 5th Feb, 2020 Updated: 5th Feb, 2020

MOTOFEST is set to return to the streets of Coventry in June, with a race circuit in the evening for the first time.

Held across the weekend of June 6 to 7, the car festival sees Coventry ringroad closed for racing, with ‘burnout arenas’ around the city centre.

The Saturday night will see a wheel-to-wheel sprint circuit around Coventry in the evening.

Racing around Coventry will be teams from the ‘VW Fun Cup UK’, who use Volkswagen Beetle chassis with souped up Audi engines.

The race sees a grid of 30 identical, race designed cars compete in an eight-round endurance championship.

Organisers say the MotoFest crowds will be treated to a demonstration display of overtaking, wheel-to-wheel excitement and continuous lapping of the circuit from the race teams.

Along with the VW Fun Cup cars, a MotoFest Coventry crowd favourite, racing trucks will also feature as part of the evening’s entertainment.

Off the track, the MotoFest Coventry party will also continue on into the evening with music stages, a new food village experience, open air film show and pop up bars all planned as part of the evening festivities.

James Noble, Coventry MotoFest Coventry Festival Director, said: “Each year at MotoFest Coventry we always look to raise the bar with what festival fans can see on the circuit and this year is no exception.

“An evening programme will allow us to extend the MotoFest action on the main GT Radial circuit and what a way to do it with our first ever display of wheel to wheel motorsports.

“We must give thanks to Giti Tire, our sprint circuit sponsor, for their support in creating the evening track programme. With our first ever MotoFest Coventry evening event, it’s going to be a thrilling finale to the first day of action at the festival.”

Brian McDermott, UK manager for Giti Tire, said: “We’re delighted to extend our sponsorship of the sprint circuit and get back to Coventry, last year was amazing on every level. The crowds were fantastic, they really got into the spirit of the event and were very interactive with all the charity challenges we set up which ultimately raised over £1,000.

“This year we’re kicking it up another level with the thrill of wheel-to-wheel motorsport. Anyone who has witnessed a VW Fun Cup round will know just how close and exciting it truly is, this is motorsport at it’s very best and an experience that will live long in the memory of spectators.

Motofest Coventry is now established as the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK, it brings live motorsport, including official championship rounds of various race series, classic and performance vehicles, and the cutting edge of car tech into the heart of the Britain’s ‘Motor City,’.

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