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Bahrain circuit construction on schedule 20 Nov 2003

With construction engineers working around the clock to complete the brand new Bahrain International circuit ahead of next year's inaugural Grand Prix, there was time for a brief celebration this week as the first half of the track surface was completed.

The initial layer of asphalt now covers over fifty per cent of the new circuit and work is on schedule to have the entire circuit covered by early December.

The construction team is laying an average of 650 tonnes of asphalt per day. Overall some 12,000 tonnes of stone will be used in the track-building exercise - four thousand tonnes of which comes from Wales and the remainder from Malaysia.

The second layer of asphalt will be laid when all the racing kerbs and run-off areas have been completed in the middle of January and the final layer in early February.

Located at Sakhir, to the south of the Bahraini capital Manama, the 5.475 km circuit will stage its first Formula One race on April 4 of next year, when one driver will have the honour of becoming the first winner of a Grand Prix in the Middle East.