- Thai Grand Prix
Thailand eyeing new Phuket venue
The organisers of the proposed Thai Grand Prix are focusing on relocating the race to Phuket after plans to host it in Bangkok were dashed by a new law.
A month after a layout was approved by the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Thai government introduced a law in May banning racing in the cultural quarter of Bangkok. Having initially feared that the race could be cancelled as a result, Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Pureesrisak says there is still time for a new venue to be found, with Phuket top of the list at present.
"I can confirm that we cannot hold a Grand Prix on Ratchadamnoen Avenue," Somsak is quoted as telling the Bangkok Post. "The law, which took effect last month, prohibits a car racing event in inner Bangkok.
"Phuket should be an ideal venue which meets our target to promote tourism. We still have time to prepare for the race."