FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg will star in next weekend’s Autosport International Live Action Arena, which will be hosted by Sky Sports F1’s David Croft and feature a Guinness World Record attempt from Brit Alastair Moffat.
The Live Action Arena is the UK’s largest indoor racetrack, home to exciting, 70-minute shows packed with live racing, stunts and celebrity appearances over the course of the 8-11 January* event at Birmingham’s NEC.
Also a former World Rally Champion, Solberg will demonstrate a Citroën Xsara WRC, the car which carried the French manufacturer to six FIA world titles in four years, entertaining 5,000 fans in each session.
“Driving a car like my Citroën Xsara WRC inside definitely isn’t something you get to do every day, so I’m really looking forward to the Live Action Arena shows,” Solberg said.
“With so much power and noise, it’s a sensational car for the stages, and I’m sure it’ll look and sound even better within the confines of the NEC to all of the fans.”
A popular broadcaster, ‘Crofty’ will introduce the action, share his take on the world of Formula 1 and interview motorsport stars including 13-time Grand Prix winner David Coulthard and Croft’s Sky Sports F1 colleague and newly-crowned FIA World Endurance Champion Anthony Davidson.
“The Live Action Arena showcase is unique and adrenaline-fuelled. There’s really something for everyone in each show, whether you’re there to see the racing, be amazed by the stunts or hear from the stars,” he said.
“It’ll be great to see Petter Solberg on the limit in such a confined environment, and catch up with the likes of David Coulthard and my Sky Sports F1 buddy Anthony Davidson, sharing their take on the 2014 F1 season and looking ahead to 2015.”
In each show, Alastair Moffat will look to reclaim his Guinness World Record for the world’s tightest parallel park. Set in 2013, Moffat’s record of performing a handbrake park into a space just 3.4 inches longer than the Mini he was driving was broken in November by Chinese Drift Champion Han Yue.
Excitement also comes through side-by-side racing from BTRDA Rallycross Clubman Championship Super Modifieds, BriSCA F2, BriSCA F1 Stock Cars, Autograss Class 7 and Specials, while Team Japspeed will return with sensational drifting demonstrations.
From motoring’s Performance Car Show, presented by Landsail Tyres, in association with Autocar and PistonHeads.com, a collection of Autocar’s Britain’s Best Driver’s Cars 2014 will also feature, led by the Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren 650S and Porsche P11 GT3.
Including Live Action Arena access, tickets to Autosport International are available from £32 for adults, with children’s tickets priced from £21 and children under five years admitted for free. For tickets, visit www.autosportinternational.com