Korea hails spectacular weekend 25 Oct 2010
Organisers have declared the Korean Grand Prix a resounding success, after more than 170,000 spectators attended the three-day meeting. Although there had been concerns the newly-built Yeongam circuit wouldnt be finished in time, the calendars newest fixture pulled out all the stops to be ready and then proceeded to host one of the years most thrilling races.
We are delighted at the success of the 2010 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX, and the enormous, enthusiastic crowd has proved the sport already has a strong fan base here, said Korean Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) CEO and Chairman of the Korea Automobile Racing Association (KARA), Yung Cho Chung.
We have overcome several challenges over the last few months, but our work is just beginning. The KIC (Korea International Circuit) is an important new facility for regional and international competition, but also one from which we will both develop the sport from the grass roots, and build a motorsport business and tourism hub.
Twenty-five thousand fans were present on Friday for the opening two practice sessions. Another 65,000 were there to see Sebastian Vettel take pole position for Red Bull on Saturday, before a massive crowd of 80,000 braved the inclement weather - and a delayed start - to see Ferraris Fernando Alonso eventually triumphing on Sunday.
With the Formula One paddock now bidding adieu until 2011, next up for the Korea International Circuit is the Korea Formula Three Superprix, which will be held from November 26-28. The worlds leading Formula Three drivers will arrive in Korea straight from the Macau Grand Prix for the end-of-season grand finale.
The KIC will continue to host international, regional and domestic events year-round, said Chung. Its fantastic for us and for the fans to open the facility with a round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and then to follow just a month later with a prestigious international junior single seater shoot-out.
The Hermann Tilke-designed circuit has been conceived as a dual structure including the 5.615-kilometre Formula One track and a shorter, permanent circuit of 3.045 kilometres. Its design incorporates a variety of local elements such as the roof of the main grandstand, which resembles the eaves of traditional Korean hanok houses.
Formula One racing will return to Yeongam next year for the second Korean Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place from 14-16 October 2011.
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