Korea confirms curtain-raiser 50 days before grand prix

By Gareth Llewellyn
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One of the latest images released by the Korea Auto Valley Operation

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The organisers of the forthcoming Korean Grand Prix insist the new circuit will be ready for the race next month and have confirmed it will stage a curtain-raiser next weekend.

Photographs showing the facilities seemingly far from completion had emerged recently, prompting speculation over whether they would be ready in time for the race.

Now, organisers have announced that the Circuit Run 2010 will mark the 50-day countdown to the country’s first ever Formula 1 grand prix, and will include a run by Hispania driver Karun Chandhok in Red Bull’s show car – as well as a variety of other two and four wheel performances and parades.

Organisers are using the event as a promotional tool for the Grand Prix and will also look to get up to speed with the smooth running of the facilities, including crowd management.

To counter the images of the uncompleted facilities, the Korea Auto Valley Operation has released their own photographs, showing work to be 90 percent complete.

The KIC was supposed to host a round of the Formula BMW Pacific championship last week, but the event had to be postponed due to the circuit not being ready.

Most teams and drivers expect to race in Korea, and have now made travel arrangements, which was not the case in June. The BBC have confirmed that their plans had been made “a couple of months ago” with only a handful of detractors still expecting the race not to go ahead.

Should KOVA fail to complete in time to stage the race, F1 could be left without a race for four weeks between Suzuka and the penultimate race at Interlagos. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has already made initial enquiries with other venues around the world to prevent an anti-climax to the 2010 season.

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