Sky F1 Lead Commentator David Croft hosting the hugely popular Live Action Arena shows at Autosport International alongside Alexandra Legouix
The 5,000-seater Live Action Arena gives fans the chance to see, hear and smell a variety of racing cars going wheel-to-wheel in the UK’s largest indoor track
See record-breaking stunts, driving demonstrations and a chance to see motorsport celebrities in each of the 60-minute performances
Visitors to next year’s Autosport International are in for an unforgettable day at Europe’s premier pre-season motorsport show as organisers confirm Sky Sports F1’s David ‘Crofty’ Croft will front the fresh new performances at the ever-popular Live Action Arena. Alongside World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) TV presenter, Alexandra Legouix, Crofty will host the hour-long performances inside the 5,000-seater area in Hall 4 in his own inimitable style. Croft began his Formula 1 career as commentator and presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live in 2006. He then spearheaded the new commentary team announced by Sky Sports F1 alongside legend Martin Brundle and is a fan-favourite with his post-race Twitter question-and-answer session #AskCrofty. His enigmatic, fun and engaging style is sure to offer crowds inside the Live Action Arena plenty of entertainment throughout. The Live Action Arena serves up pure motoring theatre and has always been a huge draw for motorsport fans and Autosport International visitors alike. Kate Woodley, Show Manager for Autosport International said: “It is great to have David Croft commentating on all the exhilarating entertainment in the Live Action Arena for Autosport International in January 2017. David brings an enthusiastic charm to his commentary, which audiences from across the globe have come to love. His boundless energy will be necessary to overcome the noise and smells from within the Live Action Arena.” David Croft said: “I am enormously privileged to once again be a part of Europe’s largest pre-season motorsport event. I cannot wait to listen to the sounds, screeches and squeals from inside the loud Live Action Arena and of course to meet the thousands of fans that pass through the doors over the course of the weekend!” Who could forget 2016 when Felipe Massa, who is preparing for his last Formula One outing at this weekend's season finale in Abu Dhabi, raced a 1983 Williams FW08C car around the Live Action Arena. The Brazilian’s heritage racer was joined in the Live Action Arena by a pit stop experience from Team McLaren’s GT racer, two-wheel action from fan favourite Terry Grant, the ultimate wreckage fest from the ‘Shedalition’ derby, whilst rally legend Petter Solberg tore up the track in his Citroën World Rally car. The performances inside the Live Action Arena will complement a selection of the main features at Autosport International. Autosport International 2017 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Williams Martini Racing. The show in January will mark four decades of the Williams F1 team, which was established by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head in 1977. In addition to this, Williams will be bringing a never-before-seen collection of its famous heritage cars including the FW07 which gave Williams its first victory, Nigel Mansell’s 1992 Drivers’ Championship-winning FW14B and Damon Hill’s 1996 Drivers’ Championship-winning FW18 and the FW25. Stay tuned for further announcement on the confirmed acts for the Live Action Arena over the coming weeks by visiting www.autosportinternational.com.