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Bushy Park soon in top gear


Trevor Thorpe

Bushy Park soon in top gear

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THE?PIT?AREA?has been completed and work on the clubhouse will begin tomorrow.
The assurance came from operations director of the Bushy Park Circuit Inc. Mark Hamilton who said that work was on schedule and that the developers were happy with the progress to date in the run-up to the Top Gear Festival Barbados.
“We are on time for the scheduled date and paving of the track will take place this week, but work on the safety fence and the catch walls have started and the entire project progressing smoothly and we feel confident that the facility would be ready for May 17 and 18,” Hamilton said.
The pit building was marked out last Thursday and construction will also begin today, ahead of the arrival of the perimeter fencing which is due towards the end of this month. Its erection will begin immediately afterwards.
The grading of land between the race track, as well as garden beds, has been completed and the project is on schedule for the projected date.
Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 Formula One world champion will be among a star-studded line-up of motor sport legends and world famous presenters, including Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond at the festival.
And an international round of this year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) will also form part of the two days of action and wiil be the first event at the newly renovated motor sport facility.
In the first phase of the redevelopment, the original 1.3-kilometre layout is being extended to create a 2.02 kms circuit, designed to achieve Grade 3 certification from motor sport’s world governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). This would enable FIA-sanctioned categories, including single-seaters and touring cars, to be staged here.
The circuit will have a constant width of 12 metres, while internal link roads will allow for more than one circuit configuration and facilitate the creation of a kart circuit of up to 1.2 kms, which is designed to hold international karting events.
The redevelopment got off the ground in October last year with a grant from the FIA, supplemented by significant local funding.

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