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US GP organisers play down rumours

Organisers of the US Grand Prix play down talk of problems facing the 2012 race
Organisers of the United States Grand Prix have played down speculation that the race in 2012 could run into problems.

BBC pundit Martin Brundle raised doubts about the race in Singapore after talk emerged in America that local authorities were concerned about whether or not the local infrastructure would be able to cope with the influx of race fans – with it unlikely that improvements to the road network to cater for the extra traffic would be completed in time for the race.

Organisers have since brought in traffic management specialists to look into the issue and with promises that they will work closer with Travis County planners to push ahead with the plans for the circuit in Austin, Texas, spokesman Adam Goldman said there was no cause for concern.

"Tremendous progress is being made on the circuit in Austin, Texas,” he told the BBC. "The project team and community look forward to hosting the F1 United States Grand Prix in 2012.

"We are working with the State of Texas, City of Austin and Travis County to break ground on the project by the end of the year."

The comments come after reports in the American press also suggested that event organisers have missed a self-imposed deadline to present a design of the circuit to the FIA.

The Tilke-designed circuit is set to host the F1 event on American shores since 2007, when the final race was run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.



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RickinLA - Unregistered

October 04, 2010 4:05 PM

This is just noise for news. Over-hyped concerns voiced by local officials looking for face time. Expect more of the same - including state and fedral pols weighing in. Special events increase traffic. What a surprise! What a threat to the social order! Elitist foreigners want to clog our roads for a weekend! Elect me and I'll protect you against this invasion! First it was the "oooh, more taxes!" snivel. It turned out to be less than a buck per taxpayer. So now it's infrastructure. Completely bogus.

aeolus

October 04, 2010 11:59 AM

It's telling that the organizers had to be reminded of the need for close cooperation with the relevant government agencies at this date. But as long as the race isn't on the day of a UT football game, the infrastructure can handle it.



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