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After the Second World War, England's existing circuits had fallen into disrepair. And so, on the site of a wartime airfield, Silverstone Circuit was developed by the Royal Automobile Club. The first endurance race held at Silverstone was in 1976, when the inaugural 6-hours of Silverstone event took place.
The local area is very flat, and the circuit mainly consists of a series of long straights connected by fast, open corners. In more recent years, a number of modifications have been made to the corners around the circuit to add extra interest, and more overtaking and viewing points.
The Becketts/maggots complex is rated among the best corners of any circuit. The owners, the British Racing Drivers Club, have also invested heavily in the pit and paddock facilities and the grandstands and spectator areas, many of which will be open for roving viewing over race weekend.
Endurance racing took a break from Silverstone between 1992 and 2004, when the Le Mans Endurance Series launched at the iconic track. Since then, races have taken place every year other than 2012, with both the ELMS and WEC Championships holding 3 and 6 hour events.
For 2020/2021, the WEC season will kick off at Silverstone with a 6-hour endurance race taking place on Saturday 5th September.