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South Korea’s Formula 1 Track @ Dawn


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South Korea’s Formula 1 Track @ Dawn

  1. 1. South Korea’s Formula 1 Track @ Dawn South Korea’s Formula 1 Track @ DawnThe Korean International Circuit in Yeongam.The decision to award a grand prix to Korea was greeted with mixed reactions, with critics quickto point out the country has no racing tradition and it was another case of the FOM puttingmoney before anything else.The location was also an issue. While organisers wanted a venue near Seoul, they ended upwith one in Yeongam County, more than four hours from the capital.The construction of the Hermann Tilke-designed circuit started in November 2007 but was stillsome way short of being finished by the scheduled completion date of July 2010, three monthsbefore the inaugural grand prix.The 3.5-mile circuit is built on 425 acres of reclaimed land beside an artificial seaside lake. Theanti-clockwise track features the calendar’s longest straight, allowing for speeds of up to 320kmper hour. The grandstands will accommodate up to 135,000 people, although the remotelocation makes it likely that capacity will not be tested.The organisers have a seven-year deal to host the race, with an option to renew for a furtherfive-year term. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on FriendFeed Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Share on Orkut Share on Posterous 1/2
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