Circuit plans approved for 2015 Thailand Grand Prix in Bangkok

Night race around city's streets moves a step closer

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 30/04/13 10:38am

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A night race around the streets of Bangkok moved a step closer after the government confirmed circuit plans had been approved for a Grand Prix of Thailand in 2015.

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The 5.995km (3.75 miles) circuit will be based around the Royal Thai Naval Dockyard, with the starting grid on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Floating grandstands have been mooted to ensure fans can be close to the action despite the proximity of the water.

The proposed route would take in tourist attractions such as the Grand Palace, Victory Monument and Temple of Dawn with officials keen to use the race to showcase the city.

"As the starting and finishing point would be on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, we may be able to build the main stands in the river. It would also be convenient for transportation of equipment," governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand Kanokphand Chulakasem told the Bangkok Post.

"Only a small group of residents would be affected by the proposed route."

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