Bushy Park Circuit

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Bushy Park Circuit
LocationGaskin, St. Philip, Barbados
Time zoneUTC-4
Coordinates13°08′N 59°28′W / 13.133°N 59.467°W / 13.133; -59.467
FIA Grade4
Full Circuit
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.012 km (1.250 mi)

Bushy Park Circuit is a motorsport race track in the parish of St. Philip, Barbados. The circuit features a 2.012 km FIA Grade 4 course and a 1.2 km CIK Grade 1 course.

History[edit]

The original race track was built in 1971 by sugar cane plantation workers as a 1.3km circuit. The circuit became a hub for racing in the Caribbean over the next three decades, however had fallen into disrepair by the mid-2000s. Local rally driver Ralph Williams coerced the FIA and Apex Circuit Design into supporting the circuit's redevelopment, a cause that was boosted by the large crowds witnessed at the local touring car event which delegates chose to attend. Reconstruction began in 2013 on what was grandly proposed as the central hub for racing in the Caribbean.[1]

The track was refurbished and reopened in 2014 with the inaugural event being the Top Gear Festival featuring the Global RallyCross Championship. Later in the same year it hosted the 2014 Race of Champions.[2] The Global RallyCross Championship returned in 2015 for a double-header event. Bushy Park has also since been used as a stage for Rally Barbados. Initially awarded a Grade Three license, a 2016 legal dispute that rendered the track unusable for 18 months would see the FIA downgrade the circuit to a Grade Four licence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bushy Park, Barbados". RacingCircuits.info. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Barbados circuit to host Race of Champions". Speedcafe. 3 September 2014.

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