THRUXTON PLANS NEW SUITE BUILD
Two-storey structure planned
Thruxton circuit will get its first new building in more than 30 years with the creation of a twostorey hospitality suite on the inside of Allard corner.
Circuit bosses hope that the new £1.5 million building will be started just after the British Superbike Championship rounds at the Hampshire venue in late August.
The structure will be created on the site of the current Goodwood restaurant and Thruxton Suite.
The location of the building will provide more space for the construction of a new longer and wider pit lane. Track bosses hope that it could lead to new pit garages in the future.
Thruxton Group managing director Bill Coombs said: “The original restaurant and suite were put there in 1984 as part of a temporary solution – it has taken a while to get to the answer! This will be a new building that is in keeping with a track that hosts meetings of BTCC and Superbike level.”
Coombs added the venture, which would include hospitality suites and a viewing balcony, would also retain a restaurant on the lower floor that would be open for spectators and competitors.
“We have to make the track work commercially, and that is hard work with the noise restrictions placed on us,” added Coombs. “We do a lot of manufacturer days and track days, and this structure will have 10 briefing rooms too and it will help us look after our clients. This is an important part of putting Thruxton on a level footing commercially.”
The announcement of the new building comes just two weeks after track bosses revealed an upgrade to the safety of the run-off at Church corner,at a cost of £700,000.
Building will be at Allard corner