Phuket forecast to be Thailand Grand Prix venue
Prior to last weekends Canadian Grand Prix it emerged that Thailand’s previous venue, a street circuit around the historic district in Bangkok, had hit a stumbling block after officials banned motor racing in the city centre.
Tourism and Sports Minister Somask Pureesriasak has been quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying: “I can confirm that we cannot hold a Grand Prix on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the law, which took effect last month, prohibits a car racing event in inner Bangkok.”
He added “The ministry will try to organise the race in other provinces such as Phuket,” before explaining that “Phuket should be an ideal venue which meets our target to promote tourism,”
However despite the issues surrounding the venue, he concluded by saying they “still have time to prepare for the race.”
Other locations were discarded due to lack of accommodation and facilities. The race is still looking to go ahead on 2015.
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