In a Real-Motorsport investigation, Avalon Motor Park plans have been discovered. Under planning by Apex Circuit Design, a Buckinghamshire engineering firm, the circuit has the potential to replace Albert Park for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
Albert Park is currently under contract to host the Formula 1 until 2015.
Rising costs however have plagued that fact and it is believed Albert Park will not see out it’s contract.
Ron Walker, the former Melbourne Lord Mayor and now event chairman, had negotiated a government subsidy of $55–57 million for this year’s Grand Prix, to the disgust of taxpayers.
Mr. Walker continues to negotiate for a contract after 2015 and stated, “If the track was a permanent fixture the cost could be more than halved.” But added, “the uniqueness of the Albert Park venue as a ‘vibrant tourist hub’ meant that would never happen.”
The question lies on how far the government can be strained despite a barrage of taxpayer opposition.
The 4.8km Avalon Motor Park is envisioned, as of 2009, as a destination to satisfy all motor sport users, both two wheel and four wheel, in all categories of the sport.
Currently proposed as a FIA Grade 2/ FIM Grade A circuit, it remains, if required, rather able to be upgraded to FIA Grade 1 to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix or other international or national motor sport activities.
The Avalon project continues to garner public support, and provides the solution for rising costs and even appropriate for the European time slot.
Mixing in qualities of China, Suzuka and Australia, the Circuit offers a fresh combination of corners that one has become akin to with Hermann Tilke designed circuits.
More details can be found at the website of Apex Circuit design.