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START YOUR ENGINES - Bob Jane Bunbury International Circuit Gets Green Light

Perth International Motorsport Management will start work on it's $30 million international motor racing circuit at Bunbury after receiving environmental approval from the State Government.

PIMM Managing Director Ross Roberts also announced a local delegation recently travelled to Kuala Lumpur to sign an agreement which would bring a Japanese GT Series event to Bunbury next year.

Roberts said the circuit would be known as the Bob Jane Bunbury International Circuit, after the Australian motor racing legend secured the naming rights for five years with an option for a further five

Mr Roberts said he was delighted with Environment Minister Judy Edwards' announcement to approve the Bunbury project. He said the racing circuit would host two international events next year, a Formula Nippon event and the Japanese GT Series, and provide a major boost to the Bunbury economy.

"This project has been seven years in the making and it is fantastic to finally see the motor racing circuit come to fruition," Mr Roberts said.

"PIMM would like to thank Dr Edwards and the State Government for supporting the project, which will put Bunbury on the international racing map - creating tourism opportunities and jobs in the process."

"We would also like to thank the City of Bunbury, Shire of Dardanup and the people of Bunbury for their overwhelming support." Mr Roberts said he would visit Bunbury next week to talk to contractors, who would begin construction work immediately.

He said PIMM were aiming to have the racetrack ready for the Formula Nippon event in April 2007. The Japanese GT series event was scheduled to be held in December 2007.

Early in 2005, a delegation of 11 people, including PIMM representatives and Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett, flew to Kuala Lumpur to sign the Japanese GT series for Bunbury.

Mr Roberts said the Japanese GT series is a first-class event that has a massive following in Asia, and included races in Malaysia, China and the USA. He said bringing the Japan GT series to Bunbury was another major coup for Western Australia in addition to the Formula Nippon series. "The race will be watched by millions of television viewers in Asia and provides a fantastic opportunity to show potential tourists what Bunbury and WA
has to offer," Mr Roberts said.
City of Bunbury Mayor John Castrilli welcomed the announcement and said the project would inject millions of dollars into Bunbury each year.
"The potental business development spin-offs of the motorsport complex are massive," he said.
"The project will create jobs and opportunities in the local tourism, hospitality and retail industries and the two events planned for next year will put Bunbury in the international spotlight."