THRUXTON PLANS NEW SUITE BUILD

Two-storey struc­ture planned

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Matt James Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Mick Walker

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

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