BARBADOS IS preparing to host one of the biggest events in the world of motor sport – the Race of Champions (ROC) – at the Bushy Park Circuit.
The December 13-14 event is expected to attract not only drivers from Formula One, Indy and other top racing programmes but their following and other motor sports enthusiasts, according to Mark Maloney, chairman of the Bushy Park Circuit Incorporated (BPCI).
The event, a new one to Barbados’ sports tourism product, is expected to draw in a few hundred visitors, and more importantly, hundreds of thousands of much needed dollars for the island’s flagging economy.
Maloney, addressing a Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday, said that with the successful hosting of the Top Gear Festival behind them, the Bushy Park group looked around for the “ultimate” racing experience to bring to Barbados.
It eventually settled on the ROC and made enough progress to attract the organisers to visit Barbados to check out the racing circuit.
The organisers were impressed by what they saw and Barbados went on to win the bid to host the race, he said.