AL­TER­ATIONS PLANNED FOR PEMBREY CIR­CUIT Two new se­quences of cor­ners will pro­vide ex­tra chal­lenges for Welsh track

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Work is un­der­way to add two new se­quences of cor­ners to the Pembrey Cir­cuit in Wales.

The changes will be the first ma­jor al­ter­ations to the Welsh track’s lay­out since its open­ing race meet­ing in 1989.

The first new se­quence will fol­low the open­ing Hatch­ets, Spit­fires and Dibeni cor­ners. Driv­ers will now be able to con­tinue straight on be­fore head­ing into a new tight left-hand cor­ner and then a right-hand bend will take them back onto the ex­ist­ing track.

While Tar­mac has been laid for this new sec­tion, plans are also be­ing made to cre­ate ad­di­tional cor­ners on the back straight ahead of the Wood­lands cor­ner. There will also be a new rallycross lay­out.

The track is a pop­u­lar test­ing venue and the changes have been made to pro­vide ad­di­tional chal­lenges to driv­ers and also to en­cour­age more cham­pi­onships to race there.

“Th­ese plans have been dis­cussed for quite a while now, so it is great to fi­nally be able to start mov­ing for­ward with them,” said cir­cuit man­ager Phil Davies. “The rea­son we looked into this was re­gard­ing the younger driv­ers. When they come and test with big teams there are al­ways go­ing to be dif­fer­ing stages of driver ex­pe­ri­ence as tal­ent de­vel­ops, so th­ese changes are aimed at mak­ing it a lit­tle bit eas­ier to de­velop core skills.”

Fac­tory BMW GT racer Alexander Sims reg­u­larly tests at the venue. He said: “The changes will add a lot new to the lap. Ex­tra heavy brak­ing zones are vi­tal for young driver train­ing. They also aid over­tak­ing chances.”

Build­ing work has started to al­ter track Mod­i­fied cir­cuit is shown in red Changes will give more cir­cuit lay­outs for or­gan­is­ers

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