Fan Ambassador sets off for Abu Dhabi trip of a lifetime
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Posted By: James Allen  |  19 Nov 2011   |  10:42 am GMT  |  7 comments

Rachel Clarke was the winner of our competition in partnership with Shell V Power to send a Fan Ambassador to Abu Dhabi.

The two day adventure takes in Ferrari World with its record breaking roller coaster and an insight into Shell’s partnership with Ferrari. Here are Rachel’s thoughts as she set off this weekend on her journey. Rachel will meet with bloggers and other people active in social media from around the world.

Rachel Clarke writes: Do you enter competitions? I’ve been entering them a lot more over the last year, winning a few things like a month’s supply of yoghurt and a wine tasting at a local restaurant. But these were easy to enter, just a re-tweet, or fill in a quick form. When I saw the Shell V-Power Fan Ambassador competition on here, I nearly didn’t enter. Having to write a mini-post and then make a video was going to be hard work, I had to question whether I was up for it. But I took the challenge and here I am, packed and ready to fly to Abu Dhabi for a weekend doing…something.

I say something, as I’m still not sure what it is we’re going to subject to. I’ve gone and hunted down the reports from the Shell V-Power Network of Champions, the bloggers from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and the Philippines who have been part of the programme over the past year. They’ve been to the Shell development labs to see how fuel is made and taken a trip to Maranello, to drive Ferraris around the track there and to tour the factory. From all the accounts, the experiences have been superb. But what have we got in store for us this trip?

All I know is from the itinerary sitting in front of me. We have a 4 hour slot for track activity; we need to take our driving licences but there’s no clue what we will be driving, which means I’m working my way through the Yas Marina circuit website staring at the cars and deciding which one I would love to drive. We get time at Ferrari World, which for me has to be roller coasters. The rest of the place looks good, but come on, the fastest roller coaster in the world has to be first on my list. In between these activities, there’s space for presentations and Q&As, time to connect with my fellow ambassadors and time to laze by the pool. Plus time to take pictures, videos and make memories to bring back to everyone here and on my blogs. You can follow me on Twitter @rachelclarkef1 to get my immediate reactions.

To say I’m excited is probably an understatement, but I’m doing my best to contain it, well, at least until I hit the airport. Then all restraint will probably go. A very large thank you to Shell V-Power for arranging the programme and to James for running the competition, I’m looking forward to what promises to be a great time.

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Hi all.

I do apologise for the offtopic, but I’m about to book my weekend tickets for 2012 British GP and I would really appreciate some advice.

The International Pit and Abbey are sold out already. What’s the next best option I have?

Also, those who been there before, what kind of events are going on durring the 3-day and what should I be looking for?

Much much appreciated. My email is



Thank you guys. Your comments were all very useful. I will pass the suggestions to my friends and we gonna make a decission.

Much appreciated. Cheers!



We have a circuit guide to Silverstone which should answer most questions an F1 spectator has.

Here’s the link to the guide:

If you need more feedback, there are Twitter contacts of people who attended at the bottom.

Any questions or comments will be much appreciated.




ive been told the best place is the outside of becketts. You manage to get the best of both worlds from here, you are able to view the cars through the sweeping complex, watching the aerodynamics at work the best and also view the hairpin section which is immediently opposite, great position, especially for the start of the race


My honest advice to you is this.

Either buy Sunday only or choose different stands for each day.

I’d go Luffield for Saturday to get slower speed and both sides of the car on Saturday, and Copse for Sunday. Friday it doesn’t matter you can go anywhere so if I was you if spend the day in sections you won’t be at Saturday or Sunday. Even for P3 on Saturday you may find a nice spot somewhere else – not where you paid.

Bottom line, move around for each session and each day. You should enjoy 5 spots over the weekend.



If they give you a Ferrari, put that thing to the limit please.

You won’t be paying the maintenance bill, the thing is safe and you are on a track. As good place as any to keep the engine at red line. They probably think that since your a girl you can’t set the fastest time. You show them!!


Well done. What a fantastic opportunity. Good luck on that rollercoaster

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