A1 Ring To Be Re-Built
The A1 Ring in Austria is set to be reconstructed after Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz was given the green light by local government of the area to build a new motorsport facility.
The track will be called Spielberg New and is set to be completed by 2010. It will follow the layout of the former A1 Ring track which held races between 1997 and 2003, although the Osterreich Ring held races through the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Mateschitz bought the track in 2005 not long after the purchase of Jaguar F1 team. He wanted to turn the track into a private testing facility for his team, but as testing restricitons were being imposed.
It was hoped the track could host a round of the DTM next year but environmentalists protesting have caused the work problems.
Mateschitz is investing 70 million euros alongside a 10 million grant from the Styrian Government.