Construction of the counterclockwise running Korean International Circuit begun in July 2007, and is expected to be complete by the middle of 2010 in time for it's first race - the F1 Grand Prix on 17th October 2010. The circuit will be 3.39 miles long (5.45km) and is located in Yeongam County, in the South Jeolla province of South Korea, about 240 miles south of the capital city, Seoul.
Bernie Ecclestone negotiated a deal between himself and the Korean F1 promoter Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO - a joint venture between M-Bridge Holdings and Jeollanam-do regional government said to be worth $264 million. The deal is for 7 years, with a 5 year option after that which would take the race until 2021. Bernie's favourite circuit designer, Hermann Tilke, once again is behind the construction of the new circuit, which will hold 120,000 spectators. The track will be part permanent, part temporary - the temporary part of the track will race alongside the harbour and spectators on the promenade, in hotels and on their yachts will get views of the Grand Prix. There will be a 3/4 mile long straight, and computer predictions show that an F1 car should lap the circuit in about 1 minute 32 seconds at an average speed of around 130mph.
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Time Zone : (GMT +9:00) Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Sapporo, Yakutsk
Major Events : F1
Circuit Length : 3.4 miles (5.6km)
Turns : F1 Track 18 - 11 left, 7 right; General Permanent Track 11 - 7 left, 4 right
Lap Record : First race 17th Oct 2010
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