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Wembley turns into race track

The hallowed turf of Wembley is being replaced with asphalt for a unique motor racing event.

Roadbuilders FM Conway have been given under a week to build a circuit inside the stadium for the Race of Champions, an annual event which will host a battle between top figures from the world of car racing – including F1 drivers Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Jenson Button.

A 40-man team of builders will work round the clock on the project, which will see them lay around 4,000 tonnes of blacktop over the turf.

Brian Morris, contracts director at Conway’s civil engineering division, said: “Despite the unique location, it’s not been a very different challenge from building an ordinary road – although you don’t normally build a road in a week and take it up again two weeks later.

“We’ve worked on tracks before, at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. The main thing we’ve had to worry about here is camber, because the stadium floor rises towards the corners.

“We’ve also had issues over drainage. This event was held at the Stade de France last year, and there were puddles all over the track. We’ve put in drainage holes to avoid that problem.

"We're not facing heavy penalties if it's late. We've promised it won't be late. It will get done. Everything is on track at the moment.”

The team will hand over the race track to the race organisers on November 30. Then on December 17, after the event is finished, they will have three days to take it up again.