Racetrack to open at Dapeng Bay by October: manager

Staff Writer, with CNA

Thu, Jun 23, 2011 - Page 20

Taiwanese motor racing fans could soon enjoy watching races on an internationally certified track in their own country.

Taiwan’s first international-level circuit, at Dapeng Bay, Pingtung County, is scheduled to open by this October, said Grand Kung, manager of the races division at Dapeng Bay.

The circuit, which can host auto and motorcycle races, has been certified by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The venue will be qualified to host all FIA G2-level events, but not Formula 1 races.

“We are ready to host international races here in the near future,” Kung said.

The newly built racetrack is challenging, but safe and it will be good for training and practice, racer Lee Yung-te said after test-driving the racetrack.

Another racer, Su Hsin-chang, said that although the track still has some minor problems that need to be fixed, overall it is a good venue.

The arena, which used to be a military base during the Japanese colonial period, covers a total area of 35 hectares and will have a seating capacity of 10,000.

The Dapeng Bay track received approval from the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in 2008 after an environmental impact assessment that took two years to complete. Construction began last June.