Piper-Heidsieck July Festival goes with a vroom

And they’re off! Exponents of two very different types of horsepower have come together to inject extra propulsion into the East of England’s major sporting occasion of the summer.

Reigning FIA World Touring Car Champion and lifelong horse racing fan Rob Huff has got into the driving seat with Newmarket Racecourses ahead of the Piper-Heidsieck July Festival.

The 32-year-old, who lives in the Suffolk town, is becoming an ambassador of the racecourse and will be on The July Course to meet both four-legged and four-wheel racing fans, on the middle day of the three-day festival of racing and fashion between Thursday 11 and Saturday 13 July.

In preparation for his participation on Gentlemen’s Day at the July Festival, Rob has been getting a little closer to the horse racing action at The July Course and learning some tips from 22-year-old Newmarket jockey, Siobhan Miller.

Between now and the end of the season at Newmarket Racecourses, the motor racing driver will be making a number of personal appearances on major racing days, including the Cambridgeshire Festival in September and Dubai Future Champions Day in October.

Amy Starkey, regional director east of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We are thrilled that Rob Huff has become an official ‘ambassador’ for Newmarket Racecourses.

“Our sports operate with very different kinds of horsepower, but each is exhilarating and pulse-rising. We are also pleased that Rob will be joining us as a guest judge on Abu Dhabi Gentlemen’s Day, which is the second day of the Piper-Heidsieck July Festival, on Cambridgeshire Day in September and on Dubai Future Champions Day in October when his fans will be able to meet him.”

Rob Huff said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be involved with Newmarket Racecourses. It’s a real honour to be an ambassador for such a historic venue. There’s nothing better than forging a partnership with something you truly enjoy and I’m looking forward to promoting Newmarket Racecourses on my travels around the world with the World Touring Car Championship.”

To be part of this exciting fashion and racing festival, as well as meet the reigning World Touring Car Champion, tickets can be purchased in advance on 0844-579-3010 or online at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk

Advance tickets can be purchased up to 24 hours before the event for £36 (Premier), £20.70 (Grandstand & Paddock) and £10 (Family/Garden Enclosure).

Tickets will be available on the day at £40 for Premier, £23 for G&P and £10 for Garden. Children under 17 years of age can enter free of charge.