International-class race track near Perth
gets green light！
2007 opening race set to feature Formula Nippon event
START YOUR ENGINES - Bunbury Racetrack Gets Green Light
Perth International Motorsport Management will startwork
on its $30 million international motor racing circuit at Bunbury after receiving
environmental approval from the State Government.
PIMM Managing Director Ross Roberts also announced that an agreement had been signed which would bring
a Japanese GT Series event to Bunbury as early as 2007.
Roberts said the track would be known as the Bob Jane International Circuit, after the Australian motor racing legend secured the naming rights for five years with option for a further five.
Roberts also mentioned that he was delighted with Environment Minister
Judy Edwards' announcement to approve the Bunbury project. He said the racing
circuit would host two international events next year, a Formula Nippon event
and the Japanese GT Series, and provide a major boost to the Bunbury economy.
"This project has been seven years in the making and
it is fantastic to finally see the motor racing circuit come to fruition,"
Mr Roberts said.
"PIMM would like to thank Dr Edwards and the State Government
for supporting the project, which will put Bunbury on the international racing
map - creating tourism opportunities and jobs in the process."
"We would also like to thank the City of Bunbury, Shire
of Dardanup and the people of Bunbury for their overwhelming support." Mr
Roberts said he would visit Bunbury next week to talk to contractors, who would
begin construction work immediately.
He said PIMM hoped to have the racetrack ready for the Formula
Nippon event in early 2007. The Japanese GT series event is also expected to be held
later on in 2007. Roberts also mentioned that the racing complex would feature an off-road 4WD track and driver training facilities.
Roberts said the Japanese GT series is a first-class
event that has a massive following in Asia, and included races in Malaysia, China
and the USA. He said bringing the Japan GT series to Bunbury was another major
coup for Western Australia in addition to the Formula Nippon series. "The
race will be watched by millions of television viewers in Asia and provides a
fantastic opportunity to show potential tourists what Bunbury and WA
has to offer," Roberts said.
City of Bunbury Mayor John Castrilli welcomed the announcement and said the project
would inject millions of dollars into Bunbury each year.
"The potental business development spin-offs of the motorsport complex are
massive," he said.
"The project will create jobs and opportunities in the local tourism, hospitality
and retail industries and the two events planned for next year will put Bunbury
in the international spotlight."