After a shock cancellation of last year’s MotoGP race at Silverstone, the management at Silverstone undertook the mammoth task of resurfacing the circuit. The circuit was relaid by Aggregate Industries last year before the season commenced. Several F1 drivers had complained then that the surface was worse than earlier. The circuit is to be resurfaced for the second time in two years before the British Grand Prix. The new work assignment will be endeavored by Tarmac and directed by Italian racetrack specialists Dromo. As a result, Dromo has extended Silverstone’s British GP contract, which will close at the end of 2021.
During the practice for British GP 2018, rider experienced standing water around the track especially at the end of Hangar Straight, due to a downpour. As a result, aquaplaning caused three riders to crash at high speed. Spaniard Tito Rabat was the worst injured. The accident costed him a femoral fracture in two places, putting him out of action for the rest of the season. Puddling has long been a problem in this part of Silverstone, where the downhill Hangar Straight leads into an uphill route to Stowe Corner.
Dromo’s Jarno Zaffelli has a very precise methodology and his approach to the design of the asphalt mix is very scientific. Tarmac wants to get it right and even they are taking lessons from Dromo. The company’s biggest job at Silverstone is to improve drainage, via improved profiling and by obtaining the precise asphalt aggregate and mix. During the resurfacing work Dromo and Tarmac will use high-tech machinery from Japanese company Topcon, which uses laser- and GPS-guided positioning systems, which have never been used in the country previously.
After resurfacing, Silverstone will remain unoccupied for two weeks prior to Formula 1 car Grand Prix, which will commence mid-July. The site will be visited by MotoGP safety Officer Franco Uncini who will re-homologate the circuit.