FIA Vice President: the car-racing track will put Malta on the motorsports map
During an activity at the racing track in Ħal Far during which plans for a new motorsports track in our country were launched with an investment of € 20 million, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport, Clifton Grima said that the work on this project has been going on for months, with the first meeting taking place last February. After a long period of planning, the Government is now in a position to launch this investment.
Dr Grima said this is an investment that will see foreigners come to our country to compete, and not the other way around. He said the track had been mentioned in a number of election manifestos for the past 50 years, but had never materialized. He said that this showed the will of the Government to really raise the level of sport in the country.
The Parliamentary Secretary said that the company that worked on the design of this track was a German one and was the brain behind a number of other Formula One tracks. He said that the track would be of the highest standard so much so that from 2023 a number of international competitions will be held in our country, and that this track will be the best in the Mediterranean.
“I can say that tonight I was in discussion with international entities that want to open the European championships in our country from the year 2023”, said Grima.
The truck will be built in Ħal Far around the existing quarter-mile track, with an investment of sixteen million euro. Another four million will go into the renovation of existing facilities. As to measures the Government would take to ensure the least possible inconvenience to residents living close to this project, Dr Grima said that there were a number of plans to minimise e noise also with the installation of a number of sound barriers.
The Vice President of the International Motorsports Association (FIA), Graham Stoker, told Television Malta that such a project will be putting Malta on the map of the world of motorsport.
“The plans are just right for the time actually, the federation is strong, motorsports is strong, and I love this partnership with the Government.. everything is in place here, the funding, the land, the position is great.. and I think this is going to make a great difference for motorsports in Malta”, said Stoker.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Communities, Alex Muscat, said that this project is expected to create more than two hundred new jobs in our country – so this project will be a sustainable one through which the Government would increase the country’s economy. He said the money comes from the National Development Fund, which he said aims to see that it invests in such projects that give back value to communities.