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    Formula One Grade Circuit Opens In Thailand

    October 8, 2014

    (Reuters) - The path was cleared for Thailand to host a Formula One Grand Prix in the future when a round of the Japanese Super GT series opened the country's first FIA Grade One circuit in Buriram at the weekend.

    Plans for Thailand to host a Formula One race in 2015 foundered last year when a law was introduced banning racing in the historic area of Bangkok, scuppering the projected night race on the streets of the capital. Thai authorities had reached an agreement in principle with Formula One's commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone in 2012 and the opening of the Chang International Circuit at the weekend means they now have a race-hosting facility.

    More than 130,000 fans descended on the Hermann Tilke-designed track some 400km northeast of Bangkok for three days of racing and organizers said work would soon be undertaken to make it suitable for top class motorcycle racing.

    "The Thai team has done an amazing job in an incredibly short space of time and their first event was a great success," Mark Hughes of Mrk1 Consulting, who helped with the development of the circuit, said in a news release.

    "Being the first Grade 1 track in Thailand and only 25th globally, there is the inevitable speculation regarding F1 and Mr Ecclestone is fully aware of the track as are DORNA (organizers of MotoGP and World Superbikes)."

    Thailand's neighbor Malaysia already hosts Formula One and MotoGP rounds at the Sepang circuit near Kuala Lumpur, while Singapore has held a night Formula One race on the streets of the city-state since 2008.

    The Chang International Circuit is already scheduled to host Asian Road Racing Championship, Asian LeMans Series and Touring Car Asia events.

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    Thailand's first world-class racing circuit makes debut - The Nation

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    Ummm this would make it the 30th grade 1 circuit, not the 25th.

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    Brilliant News. Well Done Thailand! I can see it now, the international jet set descending on Thailand with all their tourist dollars to spend.

    Australia


    Malaysia


    Bahrain


    China



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    ....Buriram



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    Looks like Buriram the place to be.......

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    ^^
    My comment posted to the Yahoo news listing of the Reuters article:

    "That's great that Thailand now has a world class racing circuit. What's not great about it is that the location is in a pit like Buriram. Not much to see or do there and I doubt that there are any world class hotel accomodations to be found anywhere near it. If visitors are into 1 or 2 star accomodations and like to eat nothing but local Thai food, fine. Otherwise they're going to be in for a big dissapointment about accomodations and eating choices. If they're "lucky" they'll find a KFC or MickyD's in Muang Buriram, otherwise their western food choice might be a chicken burger at 7/11. Another issue is getting transport from the main Suvarnabhumi airport to Buriram. I'd wager that not many will attempt to rent their own vehicle and take their chances on the notoriously dangerous Thai roads. That leaves trying to hire a car and driver or taking a bus, also notoriouly dangerous alternatives. Maybe I will be pleasantly suprised that someday the infrastructure for visitors to attend world class events at this circuit will be in place. For now, nice try."

    To those who live in or are otherwise associated with the province, aside from the old temple Phanom Rung and possibly some adventures of a sexual nature, are there any cultural attractions that might interest an international visitor?

    My apologies if you feel that Buriram is the ultimate of Thai destinations.

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    You do know Buriram has an airport, although it is about 20 clicks outside the city if I remember but an alternative to the 5 hour drive from Bangers.

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    ^
    Now I do. Thanks for clarifying.

    Not an easy one to spot on Google Earth. Is this it by any chance?



    If yes, that could justify the trip there for the thrill factor.

    (just kidding)

    According to wikipedia:

    Buriram Airport is the only airport in Buriram Province. There is one airline, Nok Air, flying from Don Mueang International Airport.


    Sounds like they'll need to make some changes to accomodate flights from Suvarnabhumi to make the connection better.

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    Driven past it but never actually been there, it's actually closer to Satuk than Buriram but that well could be it, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
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    Now I do. Thanks for clarifying.

    Not an easy one to spot on Google Earth. Is this it by any chance?



    If yes, that could justify the trip there for the thrill factor.

    (just kidding)

    According to wikipedia:

    Buriram Airport is the only airport in Buriram Province. There is one airline, Nok Air, flying from Don Mueang International Airport.

    Sounds like they'll need to make some changes to accomodate flights from Suvarnabhumi to make the connection better.
    If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend this four-parter. I wouldn't be surprised if that's one of the ones they fly into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    ^^
    My comment posted to the Yahoo news listing of the Reuters article:

    "That's great that Thailand now has a world class racing circuit. What's not great about it is that the location is in a pit like Buriram. Not much to see or do there and I doubt that there are any world class hotel accomodations to be found anywhere near it. If visitors are into 1 or 2 star accomodations and like to eat nothing but local Thai food, fine. Otherwise they're going to be in for a big dissapointment about accomodations and eating choices. If they're "lucky" they'll find a KFC or MickyD's in Muang Buriram, otherwise their western food choice might be a chicken burger at 7/11. Another issue is getting transport from the main Suvarnabhumi airport to Buriram. I'd wager that not many will attempt to rent their own vehicle and take their chances on the notoriously dangerous Thai roads. That leaves trying to hire a car and driver or taking a bus, also notoriouly dangerous alternatives. Maybe I will be pleasantly suprised that someday the infrastructure for visitors to attend world class events at this circuit will be in place. For now, nice try."

    To those who live in or are otherwise associated with the province, aside from the old temple Phanom Rung and possibly some adventures of a sexual nature, are there any cultural attractions that might interest an international visitor?

    My apologies if you feel that Buriram is the ultimate of Thai destinations.
    If they are looking at this for the race, then watch a load of luxury hotels spring up out of nowhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk
    Thailand to host a Formula One Grand Prix
    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk
    Buriram

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    Supposed to have a new football stadium recently built in Buriram too amongst other developments, definitely a lot of money being chucked at the place for whatever reason.

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    Looks ok.

    Google Image Result for http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Thunder_castle_Stadium.jpg

    New I-Mobile Stadium is a football stadium in Buriram, Thailand.[1] The ground is the home of 2011 Thailand's treble champions side, Buriram United. With a capacity of 32,600, New I-mobile Stadium is the largest football stadium in Thailand, The nickname is Thunder Castle, It's fifth castle of Buriram province.

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    I think the new race track is adjacent to the soccer stadium.

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    Mr. Buriram United is very rich and likes splashing his cash, doesn't he?

    There's some dumb tottnumb fan who runs up and down Cowboy flogging Buriram shirts to bar girls (I'm sure he's got a work permit for that).

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    well I'm looking forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Mr. Buriram United is very rich and likes splashing his cash, doesn't he?
    Think it's that Newin Chidchob or whatever his name is that owns the city and pays for everything although I could be mistaken.

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    All the money come via Newin, courtesy of tackys untold wealth, but well done, last time I went to Buriram 20 years ago, the only thing I remember was it was shite hole, with one Dutch man I was introduced to near by, living under piece of corrugated iron, she wasn't attracted by his wealth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    All the money come via Newin, courtesy of tackys untold wealth
    Really???

    Newin has a fair few money avenues, including the army paying him massive $$$ to defect, the new airport, rent a mob for the dems, etc...

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    The Buriram pit girl experience could be quite unique I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
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    All the money come via Newin, courtesy of tackys untold wealth
    Really???

    Newin has a fair few money avenues, including the army paying him massive $$$ to defect, the new airport, rent a mob for the dems, etc...
    His father owns a huge cement factory. And massive voting blocs in that part of the boondocks. "Buriram Fever" used to be a Thai term for voting fraud, corruption, and buying votes, due to the lovely Chitchobs.

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    ^ yes, they are a horrible part of Thai culture, the patronage system, with their fingers all over every element of day to day living. The army generals and the likes of Banharn taking it to the nth degree - people beyond law and order, the root of the problems in Thailand - feudalism underpinned by the likes of the LM laws, nationalism and other insane discourses; all for the sake of money and power...
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    Looks like the proposal to set up an F1 track adjacent to the existing Bira F3 Race Track in Pattaya is off for the time being then.

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    ^ ultimately, it'd be nice to see Thailand develop, have F1 events, etc. It is very possible, just look at countries like Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, etc, how they have developed over recent decades. But, with the non-stop corruption, lies, childish 'face' issues, no rule of law, feudalism, etc, that runs amok in Thailand, it's hard to imagine the country getting on its feet and developing. Much easier to imagine the country somewhere between Cambodia and Burma, consistently slipping backwards. Sadly...

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    Yep. Spot on Betsy.

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