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Wilson Sahara plans new Korean venue.

A new motorsports complex to be based in South Korea could provide an alternative venue for the GP2 Asia Series, amongst others, once it is completed in 2011.

Details of the project were released overnight by designers Wilson Sahara Motorsports - the company behind the design and construction of the Miller and Barber motorsports parks in Salt Lake City and Alabama respectively - showing a four-kilometre layout planned to nestle in a mountain region to the east of Seoul.

Christened Theme Auto Park Injae, the facility is not being aimed at Formula One - which is targeting a new, Hermann Tilke-designed, circuit in Jeollanam-do province for a race in 2010 - but will instead attempt to attract other international series.

“We have been working on this project for several months, and now that the concept for the facility has been agreed with the developers, Korea Racing Festival, we have begun the detail design phase that will see the complex open in 2011,” Wilson Sahara's Alan Wilson confirmed.

“The Injae facility features Formula One-quality garages and spectator facilities, a hotel and a condominium building, as well as an international-standard kart track, but is not intended for Formula One competition. It will be designed to meet FIA Grade 2 standards and has the potential to host series such as Asia GP2, A1GP, Asian Le Mans Series and the Japanese Touring Car and GT championships."

The site has been designed with specific attention to its impact on the environment and the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

“The twin-layout track has significant elevation changes, which will make it both challenging and very spectacular,” Wilson, who has 28 successful designs under his belt, revealed, "Most importantly, this new complex will become a catalyst for the growth and development of quality motorsport in Korea, a country whose automobile industry has shown the potential that can be expected of this market.”


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Alexander Rossi (USA, Team AirAsia) during day 2 of testing at Barcelona in October 2011. [World Copyright: Drew Gibson /GP2 Series Media Service]
Alexander Rossi (USA, Team AirAsia during the second day of testing at Jerez. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Alexander Rossi (USA, Team AirAsia) during the second day of testing at Jerez. [World Copyright: Jed Leicester/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Yelmer Buurman (NED, Team AirAsia) in the garage during the first day of testing at Jerez, Spain in September 2011. [World Copyright: Jed Leicester/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his fifth feature race win of the season on the podium with Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team) and Luiz Razia (BRA, Team AirAsia at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. July 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
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Luiz Razia (BRA, Team AirAsia) in the cockpit of the #26 at the Hungaroring. July 2011. [Photo credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Luiz Razia (BRA, Team AirAsia) on track in the #26 at the Hungaroring. July 2011. [Photo credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
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Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his feature race victory on the podium with Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Barwa Addax Team) and Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Team AirAsia). Valencia Spain. 25th June 2011. [Photo credit: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.]
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2011 GP2 Series. Round 3. Monte Carlo, Monaco. 27th May 2011. Friday Race. Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Team AirAsia) celebrates his victory with his team. [Picture credit: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service]

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