Thailand celebrates first F1 racing circuit

BANGKOK: Chang International Circuit, located 400km north of Bangkok, is the first FIA Grade 1 circuit in Thailand. Constructed in a record 422 days and built by Newin Chidchob, motorsport enthusiast and owner of Buriram United, Thailand’s most successful soccer team.

The inaugural event for Chang International Circuit was the Japanese Super GT championship attracting over 100,000 spectators over the course of three days.

From left: Chaichanok Chidchob – Assistant Project Director – Chang International Circuit  Mark Hughes Managing Director, Mrk1 Consulting Mrs Karuna Chidchob Newin Chidchob – Chairman/Owner – Chang International Circuit Tony Whitaker – Circuit Manager – Chang International Circuit Tanaisiri Chanvitayarom – Project Director – Chang International Circuit
From left: Chaichanok Chidchob – Assistant Project Director – Chang International Circuit Mark Hughes Managing Director, Mrk1 Consulting Mrs Karuna Chidchob Newin Chidchob – Chairman/Owner – Chang International Circuit Tony Whitaker – Circuit Manager – Chang International Circuit Tanaisiri Chanvitayarom – Project Director – Chang International Circuit
“Once again my teams have delivered on our promise to our clients and I’m enormously proud. We have now been directly instrumental in the planning, implementation and running of tracks in six different countries and have unrivalled experience in our field. The Thai team has done an amazing job in an incredibly short space of time and their first event was a great success with 131,000 spectators over the weekend,” Mark Hughes, owner and MD of Mrk1 Consulting, said.

“Being the first Grade 1 track in Thailand and only 25th globally there is the inevitable speculation regarding F1 and Ecclestone is fully aware of the track as are organisers of MotoGP and World Superbikes (DORNA). We are looking forward to a continued relationship with Chang International Circuit and seeing their calendar and Thai motorsport grow.”

“Mrk1 Consulting has been working closely with us for the past 12 months and their knowledge transfer program, commercial guidance and general support has proved invaluable. They have so much experience of developing and training teams in countries with limited or no motorsport history and we can’t thank them enough for their input. Any organization thinking of building a new track should speak with Mrk1 Consulting for support,” Tanaisiri Chanvitayarom, Project Director, Chang International Circuit, said.

Chang International Circuit already has a busy calendar ahead of them with the Asian Road Racing Championship, Asian LeMans Series, Touring Car Asia and numerous corporate and retail events.

In addition, the track will be homologated to FIM Grade A standard to host international motorcycle racing in the near future.

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