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Andy_Bangle

Wales Targeting F1 Race?

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The Circuit of Wales will be applying for planning permission next month to build a new track. (Because Wales doesn't already have 2 race tracks that are underdeveloped).

The venue is proposed to be built in the Rassau Industrial Estate, just north of Ebbw Vale, and will cost around £250m.

The circuit is targeting competitions such as the World Touring Car Championship, MotoGP and World Superbikes, along with Patently crashing his Caterham but F1 is a future possibility:

“As for Formula One, there are no discussions at this moment in time concerning that particular event,

“However, the circuit will certainly be able to cater for Formula One, should the eventuality ever arise.”

Personally, I can't see Wales hosting an F1 race. Sheep for grid girls won't work :grin:

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You couldn't make it up !

I did check the story's date and no, it wasn't April 1st!

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At least a Welshman has won a Formula 1 race (yes it was a non championship race, but Tom Pryce was on the verge of a major breakthrough before he was sadly taken from us), which is more than can be said for China, Malaysia, India, Hungory, Singapore etc.

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One of the - if not the - most horrific accidents in Forumla One. :(

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along with Patently crashing his Caterham but F1 is a future possibility

Oi. I'll have you know there is no chance of that at all.

By the time they've finished building it, there will be nothing whatsoever left of my 7... :uhoh:

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Can't make out the elevations (if any), I hate flat tracks.

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Can't make out the elevations (if any), I hate flat tracks.

Think it's just a low-budget CAD, their website is full of BS:

It will provide significant sustainable local employment opportunities both skilled and unskilled, resulting in approximately 6,000 new full time jobs in a broad range of sectors including: track stewarding, security, catering, retail, hotels, B&Bs, restaurants etc.

Does 3 or 4 'large' races a year equal 6,000 full time jobs?

the Circuit of Wales will also provide a boost to tourism in the area and the circuit being televised will enhance Wales’ international profile on a large scale, reaching over 300 million people in 150 million households.

What? 300 million people will get excited about Wales.

It is estimated that over 750,000 people will visit the Circuit of Wales each year providing a boost to the local and regional economy. The economic and regeneration benefits are worth over £50 million per annum to Wales.

That's a lot, they'll get to some high profile races to hit that number.

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Can't make out the elevations (if any), I hate flat tracks.

You mean they've found the only flat bit in the whole of Wales and want to build the track there?? :ffs:

Let me guess, it'll be just like the Nurburgring apart from not having any of the good bits.

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It's a ****ing joke.

That site is about 12 miles from my place.

It's not far from Merthyr and is, frankly, a ****ing **** hole of the highest order.

A track there won't attract anyone... Mostly because anything not under guard will be stolen and fenced for skag. If it has wheels, it'll be stolen, ragged around the mountains and torched.

Wales already has a decent track, which used to host F1 testing plus the likes of BTCC and BSB. It now is looking run down as people really can't be bothered to go and watch races in the arse end of humanity.

Does anyone really think the Merthyr Raceway will be any different?

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Quite. The problem with Pembrey and Anglesey is that they're too sodding far away. Faced with the choice of driving a race-prepped 7 there or towing it all the way at 60 mph, I'll go to Brands or Donington, thanks. So what is needed is not "kind of the same but a bit newer", but something with a serious USP that will pull people there despite the vast amount of geography lying in the way.

Now, can anyone think of a motorsport venue that is stuck hundreds of miles away from anywhere in the middle of a bunch of rain-soaked hills yet which regularly attracts masses of petrolheads? Anyone?

(Yes, you're right... the EVO triangle... :grin: )

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The Welsh Government has rejected the request to guarantee almost half of the £433m cost of the CoW. Only took 8 years and £9.3million of public money to get this far. 

Looks like it's over to the private sector to fund it ^_^

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It's a stupid ****ing ego trip by a delusional idiot. Absolutely no chance it will get sufficient private investment. £9.3million of public money wasted, but hopefully this is the end of it.

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