Moscow will host a future round of the FIA GT1 World Championship from 2010 onwards, it has been announced.

Organisers Stephane Ratel and Patricia Kiefer visited the site of the future Eurasia Autodrome Domodedovo, which will be located near the Domodedovo Airport, 35 kilometres south of Moscow today [Tuesday], with Pavel Volkov, Eurasia project manager, Clive Bowen, Apex Circuit design managing director, and Jolyon Price from Ridge & Partners.

The visit was followed by a press conference in Moscow announcing the construction of the 3 kilometre long track as well as the signature of agreement with the GT World Championship, as the FIA GT series will become in two years time.

Roman Rusinov, driver of the Spartak IPB Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Murcielago, was also present and confirmed the team's intention to enter the future FIA GT1 World Championship.

"Russia has become a key market for luxury brands and a race in Moscow is a major step in making the FIA GT1 World Championship an appealing project for all GT manufacturers worldwide," said SRO boss Ratel.

"Eurasia and SRO will also work on the involvement of a Russian team with Russian drivers which will be one of the keys in the success of the event."

Clive Bowen, Apex Circuit design managing director, who will be working in cooperation with Ridge & Partners and Scott Wilson on the construction of the circuit, added that while the site is small it has the necessary attributes.

"First, it is well served by road access and provides two opportunities to arrive and depart," he explained. "Second, there is space enough for a decent main straight - in this instance we have managed to engineer 700m with a key overtaking opportunity engineered at the end of that straight. And third, there is some really helpful natural topography which has allowed us to engineer three key sections of circuit which rise and fall at important racing locations and enhance the driving and racing experience.

"We wanted to avoid too many low speed corners, though on a site as compact as this it is impossible to have fewer than three; and we have one really good section of flowing race circuit with speeds ever increasing all the way from Turn 1 to Turn 7.

"As for the buildings, Ridge have come up with extremely interesting and innovative architecture. The principal circuit facilities include garages, a hospitality pod with a 360 degree view of the circuit, race and circuit administration and a commercial atrium."

Mr Dimitry Gorodetsky, Head of Domodedovo, and Michael Bonch-Osmolovosky, Head of the RAF (Russian Automobile Federation) Circuit Commission, meanwhile also attended the press conference and confirmed their support and involvement in the project.

 

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