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Smooth ride awaits Delhi F1 race buffs

india Updated: Sep 04, 2011 01:45 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
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Here comes good news for motorsports enthusiasts planning to visit the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida, the place where India’s inaugural Formula One Grand Prix is set to get underway from October 28-30.

Visitors will have a hassle-free ride from DND Flyway to the race site. The signal-free approach road from the flyway to BIC has been completed. Yamuna Expressway interchange on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway has been developed and visitors will be able to use the Yamuna Expressway stretch to reach the venue. It will take about two hours to reach BIC from IGI Airport in Delhi.

Though the 165-km-long Yamuna Expressway from Greater Noida to Agra is expected to be operational by 2011 end, visitors will be given free passage on the expressway in October. The work on the stretch from Greater Noida to the race site is complete.

As over one lakh people are expected to visit the race site, there would be a huge traffic load on the route. “The events on all three days will take place from morning till evening. Due to the rush hour, travel to BIC might take much longer than normal.

The gates would open two hours before the first event of the day,” said an official of Jaypee Sports International Limited (JPSI). On Saturday, more labourers were employed to speed up the work at the circuit, which received green signal from FIA on Friday.

“The FIA team has asked for increasing the height of marshals area for better security. They were satisfied with the track,” Askari H Zaidi, senior vice-president of JPSI told Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, the ticket sale for the event has picked up. The JPSI will get R126 crore through sale of tickets, which have been priced between Rs 2,500 to Rs 35,000 per person.

The event’s organisers on August 30 started the sale of tickets offline at selected outlets of Café Coffee Day and Mercedes-Benz across the country.

Café Coffee Day outlets, where tickets will be available, include four outlets in Delhi and one each in Gurgaon and Noida. Besides, there are three outlets in Mumbai at Andheri, Matunga and Clanfield Lokhanwala. Mercedes Benz showrooms include one each at New Delhi (Okhla) and Bangalore (Kasturba Road) and two in Mumbai at Andheri (West) and Prabhadevi. Mercedes Benz is the official automotive partner for Buddh International Circuit.

The online sale of tickets was launched by JPSI on August 20.