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Nick Mason and Sharon Backhouse

I think that the greatest strength of the circuit is that it can host so many different events.

Long distance rally driver Nick Mason thinks that ‘there is no limit’ for the proposed Tenerife Island Circuit, and expects it to “defy the decimation of motorsport.”

Although he acknowledges that the long-term trend shows a decline in motorsports, Nick Mason believes that the Tenerife Island Circuit will succeed, and not only because it is located in one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations.

He was speaking at the world-exclusive press launch of the Tenerife Island Circuit, at which President Carlos Alonso of Tenerife announced a Request for Proposals, inviting bids for the construction and operation of the track.

Mark Blundell was also in attendance and told the President that he would like to be the first Briton to race on the circuit site, which he will do on December 1.

Nick Mason believes that the main factor in the initiative’s potential is its versatility.

“I think that the greatest strength of the circuit is that it can host so many different events.

“The main track is very well designed for motorcycle and car racing. It’s brilliant that the circuit can be split into two or three smaller circuits that can be used simultaneously.

“The rallycross track is also extremely well designed, and could be used for major events such as the X Games.

“By appealing to such a broad spectrum of riders and drivers, the circuit will protect itself from suffering due to a lull in the popularity of a particular branch of motorsport.”

A parallel can be drawn between the Tenerife Island Circuit and Circuit Montmeló in Barcelona. Both were designed by Spanish architectural firm TN y GPO, and both designs are just as well-suited to motorcycle racing as they are to car racing.

Montmeló is seen as one of the world’s leading motor racing venues. It hosts both Formula One and MotoGP on an annual basis and in September 2015 it will also welcome the World Rallycross Championship to a purpose-built track.

Like Montmeló, the Tenerife Island Circuit will have the facilities to cater for a number of motorsports. It will be used frequently, ensuring a consistent revenue stream and raising public awareness of the circuit.

Nick Mason wants to see major sporting names like Travis Pastrana using the track and thinks that, due to the quality of the rallycross track, this is not an unrealistic aim.

The climate and choice of luxury hotels that Tenerife offers will be attractive to professional riders and drivers as well as amateurs, for whom a visit to the track may coincide with a holiday.

The circuit will be built in the south of the island, less than three kilometres from the Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur and less than 15km from major tourist areas Adeje and Abona which, combined, account for 78% of the island’s tourism.

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