Ukraine Opens World Class Racing Facility in 2012
Kyiv, July 5, 2012. Ukraine sets to finalize the construction of an international racing facility Crimea Grand Prix Circuit by autumn of 2012. It is planned that the facility would host such international racing championships as Formula 1, Formula 3, GT, MotoGP, Superbike, WTCC, and others.“I think this circuit will be one of the nicest circuits in the world”, said Superbike director Paolo Ciabatti during his visit to the site.
The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) inspector Claude Danis also visited Crimea Grand Prix Circuit in May of 2012. He noted that the track would be difficult for the racers making the show more interesting for the audience.
The Crimea Grand Prix Circuit will open with the International Karting Cup (prize money for the tournament amounts to USD 60,000). Superbike World Racing Championships leg will take place at the site between 2012 and 2017.
In order to obtain the right to host international tournaments, the track in Suvorivske village of Saky region of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea will have to undergo a special certification procedure. Moreover, Crimea Grand Prix Circuit will conform to the requirements of the international federations FIM and FIA.
At the moment, the construction works are approaching the stage of the laying of asphalt at the main track of the Crimea Grand Prix Circuit. Interestingly, a laboratory analyzes the composition of water, soil, etc. at the site, so that the molecular formula of the asphalt would be optimal for the existing conditions.
The length of the main track at Crimea Grand Prix Circuit is 4,857 meters. The facility also features a karting track, 1,413 meters in length. Besides the two racing tracks, the complex will have enough audience space for 142,000 guests, a hotel, a business center, garages, a medical center with a helicopter deck, as well as a parking space for 5,300 vehicles. The facility takes up the area of 100 hectares (approximately 247 acres).
Ukrainian authorities vow to support the project as it would enhance the region’s attractiveness for tourists and catalyze the development of the area (including expanding infrastructure). Furthermore, Crimea Grand Prix Circuit will bring additional income to the budget, said Anatoliy Mohylev, the Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, during his visit to the construction site on July 5th.