UPDATE: British MotoGP deal for Circuit of Wales welcomed in Blaenau Gwent

Five year MotoGP deal for Circuit of Wales

Five year MotoGP deal for Circuit of Wales

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THE British Moto GP looks set to be held at the new Circuit of Wales racetrack in Ebbw Vale for the next decade, it was announced today.


The £315 million Rassau-based racetrack will host the event from 2016 but its developers will have the right to promote it and choose a location for next year’s Grand Prix.


The deal between Dorna, the championship’s commercial rights holders, and the Circuit of Wales is a five-year contract with the option for a further five year extension.


Carmelo Ezpelata, CEO of Dorna, said: “The racetrack itself is exciting and this is very important. Nothing is 100 per cent certain but all the guarantees are there for this event to be held in Wales in 2016. It will give exposure [of Ebbw Vale] to the rest of the world.”


Councillor Hedley McCarthy, leader of Blaenau Gwent council, said: “On behalf of the community in Blaenau Gwent, we are absolutely delighted that Dorna is bringing the British MotoGP to the Circuit of Wales. The MotoGP series is an amazing championship that has provided a stimulant and confidence for the growth of infrastructure in a number of similar areas to ours around the world in recent years. We look forward to welcoming the teams, riders, officials, media and fans to Blaenau Gwent.”


Michael Carrick, Chief Executive of Heads of the Valleys Development Company, said Blaenau Gwent was initially chosen as the venue for Circuit of Wales due to it being “one of the most impoverished areas in the European Union”.


He added: “This is a significant economic and sustainable project that is committed to Wales for 10 years. It will be huge for the area.”


Circuit of Wales will be the UK’s first high-tech, low-carbon motor racing facility. The 830-acre complex aims to attract an estimated 750,000 visitors a year, generate £50 million per year for the UK economy, and create at least 4,000 full-time jobs.


It follows a recent announcement that a 25-year partnership deal has been agreed between the racetrack’s developers and Chinese solar manufacturer, Hanergy.


The agreement will see their solar panels form a solar park site integrated within all the venue’s buildings.


And Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith said the announcement was a boost for employment in the area. He said: “The global appeal of Moto GP cannot be understated.


“It is very welcome news to see that a long-term agreement is in place.


“Other investors will see this as a concrete proposal and although there are surely twists and turns ahead, it is an important step towards bringing world-class motorsport and jobs to Blaenau Gwent.”


South East Wales Assembly Member William Graham said: “Silverstone have lost the contract and they are very upset about it. If it comes to Ebbw Vale, that’s really good.”


Although he said he was sceptical of the job projections for the site, he said the announcement was still positive: “There is not going to be a race meeting every day but the bottom line is that if someone was offering 30 jobs, if it was 300 jobs then they would be happy.”


While Cllr John Williams, who represents the Rassau ward, said the decision was welcome.
He said: “It is going to encourage investment – it is good news. Let’s take it a little bit further and make sure we have got the funding in place and we can go to town on it then. We have come a long way.”

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5:01pm Wed 13 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Best News for Wales for Years.....
Best News for Wales for Years..... welshmen
  • Score: 8

5:09pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Julesblaina1 says...

about time some good news for Blaenau Gwent, now to get rid of the labour controlled council and Blaenau Gwent will be the best county in Wales
about time some good news for Blaenau Gwent, now to get rid of the labour controlled council and Blaenau Gwent will be the best county in Wales Julesblaina1
  • Score: 13

6:29pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Ollie254 says...

Excellent news something coming into the area instead of being stripped out of it. Bet the Luddites and green idiots will be out in force now though. Now if we could only get a decent motorway built around Newport to invigorate the region and help to provide jobs for our children we would really be doing well. Oh dear the greenies don't like that either do they.
Excellent news something coming into the area instead of being stripped out of it. Bet the Luddites and green idiots will be out in force now though. Now if we could only get a decent motorway built around Newport to invigorate the region and help to provide jobs for our children we would really be doing well. Oh dear the greenies don't like that either do they. Ollie254
  • Score: 7

6:37pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

Ollie. . .I'm a "greenie" and I'm still not sure how I stand on this. But here's what's buggin' me.

The whole deal to the track's creation was contingent on £50 mil being given by Welsh Government. Has that deal gone ahead? And if so, how can MotoGP say they'll be racing here in 2016 even before any shovel of dirt has been lifted. Nothing's been touched.

I've read this article. . and the one on the BBC and neither mentions any opposition to the site. . or the recent problems regarding it. It all sounds like a giant advertisement, doesn't it?

Look. . .I'm not against this . . not yet really. But it all reads a bit . . fishy.
Ollie. . .I'm a "greenie" and I'm still not sure how I stand on this. But here's what's buggin' me. The whole deal to the track's creation was contingent on £50 mil being given by Welsh Government. Has that deal gone ahead? And if so, how can MotoGP say they'll be racing here in 2016 even before any shovel of dirt has been lifted. Nothing's been touched. I've read this article. . and the one on the BBC and neither mentions any opposition to the site. . or the recent problems regarding it. It all sounds like a giant advertisement, doesn't it? Look. . .I'm not against this . . not yet really. But it all reads a bit . . fishy. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 8

6:56pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Magor says...

There will be the no Nato camp,no M4 camp and no racetrack camp.We are going to be invaded by loonies.
There will be the no Nato camp,no M4 camp and no racetrack camp.We are going to be invaded by loonies. Magor
  • Score: 0

7:44pm Wed 13 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

If this scheme is on the level with the relevant financial backing coming from private investors and it has been seen as a goer by the business community then I hope it works.
The radio interview with the racetrack spokesman this evening on Radio Wales concerns me though.
He refused to answer a question about how much they had PAID motogp to give them this race schedule, he admitted that the investment cost has gone from £280,000,000 to £315,000,000 because of further investment but wouldn't say on what, and was very elusive about how the grant scheme tick box excercise works to get the public money that is required to make this project a goer.
It seems to me a lot of transparency regarding public money funding this scheme needs to be seen as well as how much have they paid motogp to bring this 1 week event to the racetrack. Motogp did admit they have taken the contract away from Donnington to give it to the racetrack. So what happens when Donnington bid more next year?
If it looks fishy, smells fishy, and seems fishy...
If this scheme is on the level with the relevant financial backing coming from private investors and it has been seen as a goer by the business community then I hope it works. The radio interview with the racetrack spokesman this evening on Radio Wales concerns me though. He refused to answer a question about how much they had PAID motogp to give them this race schedule, he admitted that the investment cost has gone from £280,000,000 to £315,000,000 because of further investment but wouldn't say on what, and was very elusive about how the grant scheme tick box excercise works to get the public money that is required to make this project a goer. It seems to me a lot of transparency regarding public money funding this scheme needs to be seen as well as how much have they paid motogp to bring this 1 week event to the racetrack. Motogp did admit they have taken the contract away from Donnington to give it to the racetrack. So what happens when Donnington bid more next year? If it looks fishy, smells fishy, and seems fishy... landyman3030
  • Score: 14

8:29pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Ollie254 says...

Paxman's Army wrote:
Ollie. . .I'm a "greenie" and I'm still not sure how I stand on this. But here's what's buggin' me.

The whole deal to the track's creation was contingent on £50 mil being given by Welsh Government. Has that deal gone ahead? And if so, how can MotoGP say they'll be racing here in 2016 even before any shovel of dirt has been lifted. Nothing's been touched.

I've read this article. . and the one on the BBC and neither mentions any opposition to the site. . or the recent problems regarding it. It all sounds like a giant advertisement, doesn't it?

Look. . .I'm not against this . . not yet really. But it all reads a bit . . fishy.
Gotta speculate to accumulate and all that. Why not just try and put something where nothing positive has been given for ages. In any event anything with a politician or there cronies at the end of it will be dubious if you look hard enough. There s always a hidden agenda but perhaps this may just work.........anyway if they don't spend the money there they'll only spend it on building a annex to the WAG or something like that.
[quote][p][bold]Paxman's Army[/bold] wrote: Ollie. . .I'm a "greenie" and I'm still not sure how I stand on this. But here's what's buggin' me. The whole deal to the track's creation was contingent on £50 mil being given by Welsh Government. Has that deal gone ahead? And if so, how can MotoGP say they'll be racing here in 2016 even before any shovel of dirt has been lifted. Nothing's been touched. I've read this article. . and the one on the BBC and neither mentions any opposition to the site. . or the recent problems regarding it. It all sounds like a giant advertisement, doesn't it? Look. . .I'm not against this . . not yet really. But it all reads a bit . . fishy.[/p][/quote]Gotta speculate to accumulate and all that. Why not just try and put something where nothing positive has been given for ages. In any event anything with a politician or there cronies at the end of it will be dubious if you look hard enough. There s always a hidden agenda but perhaps this may just work.........anyway if they don't spend the money there they'll only spend it on building a annex to the WAG or something like that. Ollie254
  • Score: -2

8:49pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

I'm what Ollie would call a "greenie." Yes I admit it. But I'm also not completely blind to the possibilities something like this would bring. But there ARE concerns. . about noise, about environment, about infrastructure able to handle the amount of people. And there seems to something very very wrong here. Questions aren't being answered. And it's all ASSUMED that it'll be built. Who gave the go-ahead? Has WG given its £50 million? I mean. . no one has even touched the dirt up there, and they're already planning on holding events in two years? I'm mostly disturbed by the stories coming out of the media that make this all sound like an advertisement. I'd be happy to support something like this. . . if it was built wisely and with everyone's concerns taken deeply into account. . .but this whole thing seems rather slimy.
I'm what Ollie would call a "greenie." Yes I admit it. But I'm also not completely blind to the possibilities something like this would bring. But there ARE concerns. . about noise, about environment, about infrastructure able to handle the amount of people. And there seems to something very very wrong here. Questions aren't being answered. And it's all ASSUMED that it'll be built. Who gave the go-ahead? Has WG given its £50 million? I mean. . no one has even touched the dirt up there, and they're already planning on holding events in two years? I'm mostly disturbed by the stories coming out of the media that make this all sound like an advertisement. I'd be happy to support something like this. . . if it was built wisely and with everyone's concerns taken deeply into account. . .but this whole thing seems rather slimy. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 5

9:09pm Wed 13 Aug 14

golfer says...

Hope the planning and future gets a big failure..not wanted or needed ..fail now before bigger failures
Hope the planning and future gets a big failure..not wanted or needed ..fail now before bigger failures golfer
  • Score: -14

11:15pm Wed 13 Aug 14

brentdjones says...

When this was first announced, no public money was needed private investment was in place. It's been smoke and mirrors ever since with staged job interviews held in a rugby club bar and all manner of stunts to keep the thing going. The people I feel sorry for are the youth of the area clinging to hope that this will happen, I hope it does, but I have a gut feeling from what I've heard so far that spivs and chancers are involved.
When this was first announced, no public money was needed private investment was in place. It's been smoke and mirrors ever since with staged job interviews held in a rugby club bar and all manner of stunts to keep the thing going. The people I feel sorry for are the youth of the area clinging to hope that this will happen, I hope it does, but I have a gut feeling from what I've heard so far that spivs and chancers are involved. brentdjones
  • Score: 8

11:27am Thu 14 Aug 14

davidcp says...

No good - every time I Google Vauxhall Bora a VOLKSWAGEN Bora appears. Is there such a car?
No good - every time I Google Vauxhall Bora a VOLKSWAGEN Bora appears. Is there such a car? davidcp
  • Score: 0

11:28am Thu 14 Aug 14

davidcp says...

davidcp wrote:
No good - every time I Google Vauxhall Bora a VOLKSWAGEN Bora appears. Is there such a car?
I'm sure I put that in the cat report????
[quote][p][bold]davidcp[/bold] wrote: No good - every time I Google Vauxhall Bora a VOLKSWAGEN Bora appears. Is there such a car?[/p][/quote]I'm sure I put that in the cat report???? davidcp
  • Score: -2

4:29pm Thu 14 Aug 14

pettsy says...

golfer wrote:
Hope the planning and future gets a big failure..not wanted or needed ..fail now before bigger failures
Hope they build it............right through your golf club, and then build a wetherspoons on it also, out of spite.
[quote][p][bold]golfer[/bold] wrote: Hope the planning and future gets a big failure..not wanted or needed ..fail now before bigger failures[/p][/quote]Hope they build it............right through your golf club, and then build a wetherspoons on it also, out of spite. pettsy
  • Score: 4

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