Refurbishment programme underway at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

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The bomas are gone, buildings have been demolished and the old track is no more at Kyalami.

Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

This month marks one year since the auction of the iconic Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, which was bought by entrepreneur Toby Venter. The magnitude of the refurbishment programme (announced in May), is evident.

Since commencement, the scope of revitalisation works around the circuit has dramatically increased. Additional work includes further safety upgrades around the circuit, and substantial upgrades to the pit building, brand activation and conferencing facilities.

The new circuit layout is now visible and the extent of the work undertaken is evident all around the 73 hectare site. The tar has been stripped from the circuit and construction of the new service roads is well under way. Work continues on the new kerbs, as surface preparation work on the base layers for the track keeps pace. The spectator areas will offer fantastic viewing opportunities for race fans, with the boma demolition project almost complete. During the initial construction phase it became evident that the remaining part of the circuit required more attention with respect to driver and spectator safety.

After inspection and evaluation, the decision was taken to replace all debris fencing, safety barriers, as well as tyre and belting safety systems around the entire circuit. The decision was also taken to replace all gravel in the arrestor beds and, after consultation with the FIA, tarred run-off areas have been added at Sunset and Ingwe corners. More than 60km of additional cable has been ordered for the new specification debris fencing that will be erected around the circuit.

Owing to the increase in the scope of works, the completion date for the track project is expected to be towards the end of October this year. After months of discussion and consultation with various industry experts, plans for the refurbishment and upgrade of the Kyalami pit building have been finalised.

Apart from its function for motorsport and motoring events, the building also caters for conferencing and exhibitions. The upgrade, estimated at close to R50-million, is expected to be completed early next year.

Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit will then once again play host to international and national events.

Source: Herald

Last modified on Monday, 03 August 2015 15:31

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