Construction work has begun on a new 23.6 million euros permanent road course on the Spanish island of Tenerife, with the ceremonial laying of the first foundation stone. The ceremony was attended by Tenerife president Carlos Alonso and other local officials, to mark the beginning of a 21-month building phase.
The ceremony included the burial of a time capsule containing, among other items, a chequered flag, local newspapers, memorabilia relating to the late local rider Nestor Jorge, and other historical photos celebrating the history of motorsport on Tenerife over the past 50 years. A brief exhibition of two bikes and two racing cars along what will eventually become the main straight of the circuit concluded the events on August 30.
Stakeout work for the Circuito del Motor de Tenerife has now begun and will take place over the next two months, followed by environmental work ahead of the major groundworks beginning.
The project, which is privately financed, will see the creation of a 2.527 miles / 4.067 km circuit which has been designed to be capable of approval of up to FIA F1 Testing standards - though is more likely to receive an initial Grade 2 license. When completed the whole facility will cover approximately 350,000 square meters. Simulations suggest an F1 lap time of around 1m 20s and an average speed of 180.19 km/h.
As RacingCircuits.info reported earlier this year, the green light was finally given in July by Cabildo (Council) de Tenerife president Carlos Alonso, with the Italian Axia SRL company awarded the contract to build the facility. The associated Onda Rossa firm has similarly been awarded an initial 35-year deal to manage and operate the completed circuit. Ondo Rosso manager and Asia CEO Ricardo Ferretti said the stone laying marked "a historic day", describing the circuit as being "located in a strategic place for the island" which will see it become "a point of attraction for technological excellence."
A key recent appoint for the project has been Walter Sciacca, who joins as circuit director. In the course of his prestigious career, Sciacca has as the events manager at the Autodromo in Vallelunga and most recently as CEO and managing director of the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari at Imola; in this capacity he successfully re-launched the historic track from a sporting and management perspective, bringing it back to top international levels.