Sin­ga­pore buffs up for GP

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Paul Gover -

SIN­GA­PORE is look­ing good for its first grand prix. The city cen­tre is fluffed and plumped, the 5km city loop has been freshly sur­faced with race-grade bi­tu­men and the pit build­ing is nearly done.

Stand­ing in that pit­lane a week ago, it was im­pos­si­ble not to be im­pressed. Al­bert Park is great and we can’t wait for an ex­ten­sion of the Melbourne con­tract for the Aus­tralian Grand Prix, but Sin­ga­pore is some­thing else.

For a start, the course is right along­side the main shop­ping dis­trict and the har­bour, and the grand­stands have great views.

It runs past all sorts of Sin­ga­pore land­marks.

The pit build­ing, which was in­spired by a dragon, even has an Aus­tralian con­nec­tion with Color­bond steel pan­els.

And the race it­self is go­ing to be crewed by a big team of Aussies, right down to press room fixer Stu­art Sykes.

What’s not to like? Right now, it’s the prices. Sin­ga­pore ho­tels plan to gouge wal­lets deeply and their ridicu­lous room prices have al­ready led to a gov­ern­ment in­quiry.

Even so, any­one who’s ex­cited about the prospect of the first For­mula One night race should be in Sin­ga­pore on Septem­ber 26-28.

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