New bid to revive South African GP

A group of South African businessmen working in conjunction with Abu Dhabi investors are trying to resurrect plans for the country to regain a Formula 1 race

New bid to revive South African GP

AUTOSPORT has learned that a proposal is being evaluated for a purpose-built track to be built near Durban airport as the group behind the efforts eye a 10-year contract to host the event.

In exchange for building a £200 million venue, the group wants the local authorities to help support the plans by paying the £36 million per year race fee plus leasing it the land.

The track, which will also feature retail and tourist attractions, will be based on the design originally pencilled in for Gauteng Province but which fell through.

The ambitious plans for the project have not yet convinced the local government though, and the scheme's backers - Nightsbridge Investments and Abu Dhabi's Royal Group - have been advised to make an approach to the national government for assistance. All the parties involved will meet again on 14 October to discuss their next steps.

South Africa last hosted a grand prix at Kyalami in 1993, which was won by Alain Prost in a Williams-Renault.

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