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Korea undeterred by rumours

The Korean GP venue at Yeongnam is on course to make its debut as planned, according to promoters.
Korean Grand Prix organisers have moved to deflect speculation that the new circuit at Yeongnam will not be ready to play host to its first Formula One event in late October.

Rumours that the construction programme had fallen behind schedule began top do the rounds over the weekend, with circuit designer Hermann Tilke being quoted as saying that he feared that, for the first time, one of his layouts would not be ready to make its debut on time. F1 commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone was also reported to be flying to Korea to check on progress, and prepared to make a final decision on its viability within days.

Should the race be cancelled, and most likely postponed for twelve months, the 2010 calendar would shrink back to 18 rounds, but Korea Auto Valley Operation chief executive Chung Yung-Cho insists that there should be no concern about the viability of the 135,000-seater facility, which is being built as part of a wider sports park.

"The construction progress is well ahead of its schedule and we have absolutely no issues with completion," he is reported as saying by the BBC, "I understand that Mr Ecclestone is quite happy with not only the progress of the track but the direction the Korean F1 race is headed and he has raised no questions and concerns."



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Painless

April 14, 2010 2:22 AM

@Alan All of your points in reply are valid. Korea does have one or two club tracks. My friend used to go there on his bike for track days. They have car and bike racing. Real estate that is flat enough to build a track on is hard to come by and I think Korea should be seen as an exception rather than the rule. The chance to host an F1 race is the push needed for the locals to get a decent sized track. I am sure they will use it for a local series. I agree with everything you say about the classic circuits been forsaken for races in the desert with 2 camels for spectators. F1 will never be the same until Ecclestone is dead and replaced by someone with a passion for the sport.



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