Getting ready to ROC
Developmental work at Bushy Park is on schedule for the Race Of Champions (ROC) 2014 slated for December 13 to 14.
It includes the construction of a new clubhouse, which will replace the temporary structure used for the Top Gear Festival, and the construction of a brand new rallycross track.
Chairman of Bushy Park Circuit Inc. (BPCI) Mark Maloney said the developmental work includes “an over and under bridge” area which will be used for the ROC, a skills challenge course, permanent seating for spectators and washrooms.
“It will be a 1.1 kilometre rallycross track and there is work in progress on spectator seating; the pit is also being developed and will include a cafeteria, a drivers’ lounge, while on the other side of the circuit we are also building new ticket booths”, the BPCI chairman noted.
Maloney said that the plan is to make the experience for everyone coming to Bushy Park to be an unforgettable one, whether they are a motor racing fan or just there to meet friends.
“Also being attended to is the clubhouse and VIP area,
as well as the Race Control and the media centre. It will be the experience of a lifetime when all the work now in progress has been completed.”
Race of Champions CEO Frederick Johnsson said it will be two days of total entertainment featuring the best drivers in motor sport in the world, while co-founder of the ROC Michelle Mouton said that the event will be a move from a stadium setting to a race track, and already the excitement is running high over the Barbados event.
“It started with the staging of the Top Gear Festival, followed by the introduction of the Radical Series, the Drive for Excellence and now the Race of Champions. This is a big one,” Maloney added.
The ROC brings together some of the world’s best drivers from motor sport, including Formula 1, the World Rally Champion (WRC), Le Mans, Nascar, IndyCar, Touring Cars, X-Games and MotoGP for a unique head-to-head race in identical cars to see who really is the fastest of them all.
Barbados will be fielding a team at the event, but the composition of the local team is yet to be decided upon.
After the December event, some of the cars raced at ROC 2014 will remain at Bushy Park for the unique ROC driving experiences on the spectacular parallel track and the new ROC Skills Challenge course which have been specially designed to test a range of driving skills.
About 150 multi-skilled workmen are working around the clock to ensure that facility is completed by mid-November.