Fuji Speedway outlines 2008 improvements 20 Feb 2008
Japans Fuji Speedway, host of the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix, has revealed details of organisational improvements for this years race, with the promise of better transport and spectator facilities for attending fans this October.
Fuji staged its first Grand Prix in three decades last year, and while the rain-soaked race proved one of the most thrilling of the season, the poor weather contributed to some visitors experiencing heavy delays entering and exiting the circuit.
Now, having learnt from their 2007 experience, Fuji Speedway have promised to resolve the problems with a newly-formed Formula One Project Planning Division, which will focus on guaranteeing a pleasurable spectator experience, both at and on the way to the track.
To ease traffic congestion and minimise environmental impact, fans will again be bussed to and from the circuit via a ticket and ride scheme. However, additional buses will be laid on and a stand-by system will operate after the race, with buses gathering at the venue to await departing spectators. This is designed to cut waiting times and will allow fans to immediately board buses in case of inclement weather.
In addition, improvements to spectator facilities at Fuji will include large viewing screens, new lighting and broadcast equipment, better walkways, more convenient placement of temporary toilets, increased staff numbers, more thorough pre-event staff training, and greater information provision for fans.
The 2008 Japanese Grand Prix takes place on October 10-12. Attendance on race day is expected to be 110,000, with a total of 220,000 visitors predicted for the event.