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."