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JULY 8, 2003

Tickets sales are down at Silverstone

Many of the Grands Prix this year have had smaller crowds than in previous years and Silverstone is no exception. The organizers of the event are hoping for a last-minute surge in sales to push up the numbers as it is understood that at the moment only 70,000 tickets have been sold. This is an increase on last year when sales were restricted to avoid traffic problems but is still a long way down on the crowds which used to attend the event. It is hoped that the crowd will end up being around 90,000. The likely explanation of this is the fact that there is a recession and tickets for race day only cost around $170. This is higher than some races which receive government backing but lower than some of the other European events.