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Formula One adds Ipswich Grand Prix

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Boy racers terrorising the streets of Ipswich have impressed Formula One bosses so much that they have now agreed to add an Ipswich Grand Prix to the F1 racing calendar.

F1 mastermind Bernie Ecclestone, who was born in Suffolk, was so taken aback with the speed of youths on the streets around Cardinal Park and the docks one-way system that he was inspired to bring his multi-billion-pound racing circus to Ipswich.



His negotiators have been working in secret with Ipswich borough chiefs on a circuit layout that will take in Ipswich Waterfront, have a pit lane at KFC and the start/finish line outside Staples.

An F1 insider said: “The middle section of the lap will be a high-speed stretch through Neptune Quay – it will be just like racing in Monaco past the marina there.

“The circuit is an exciting one, just as street circuits always are, with many corners and narrow stretches. However, what we will see is plenty of overtaking opportunities on some of the straights.”

The section around Ipswich Marina will rival Monte Carlo

Bringing Formula One to Ipswich will be worth millions to the town’s economy, with hundreds of thousands coming to watch the spectacle, and millions tuning in from around the world to watch the race on television.

The deal will be announced after the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 5, but the Suffolk Gazette understands Silverstone will remain in the 2016 calendar alongside Ipswich.

The F1 insider added: “Silverstone will still be the British F1 Grand Prix, whereas Ipswich will be branded as the English F1 Grand Prix. We’re very excited to be bringing Grand Prix racing to Ipswich.”



Ipswich police have been fighting a long battle against boy racers in the town, who zoom around Grafton Way and the other roads around the Cardinal Park retail complex.They also race around the docks one-way system including, Star Lane and College Street.

But all those roads will now feature in the F1 circuit, and police hope the town’s youngsters will be inspired by professional racers.

One policeman said: “Seeing the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso racing around the streets of Ipswich should be something special, and we hope it will be enough of an adrenaline rush for local teens. We believe they will stick to watching rather than copying.”

The arrival of F1 will mean much of Ipswich will be sealed off for five days on the week of the event, penciled in for September 2016. However, local townsfolk will be grateful for the cash boost – while all the roads will be resurfaced in advance of the spectacle.

“It’s a super way to get rid of all the pot holes for free,” said one local businessman.

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13 Comments

  1. Andrew Steward Dotchin

    October 17, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Now i am really gutted! I had put in hours of practice throwing the vicarmobile around the Double-D’s near the sorting office only to find that the Archdemon of Suffolk has had me posted to Felixstowe just to make sure i can’t beat him to pole position in the Grand Prix.
    @suffolkvicar

  2. Chrisy-b

    October 1, 2015 at 10:03 am

    What a load of rubbish this is a hoax. There will not be an F1 gp in ipswich suffolk. I do not know why as good local paper you would publish Such rubbish.

    • The Editor

      October 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Dear Chrisy-b,

      Patience, patience. We are confident this new Grand Prix for Ipswich will be announced any day now. Thanks for pointing out that we are good local paper, however.

      Regards,
      The Editor

  3. william

    July 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    What a load of rubbish where was this announcement today then you should check your facts before publishing this rubbish why would they choose a dump like ipswich when they have the whole world to choose from its just never going to happen also it would cost at least 50 million pounds to host any grand prix and that’s with a prebuilt track never thought the suffolk gazette was as fictional as the daily sport now I know cheers

    • The Editor

      July 5, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Dear William,

      The announcement has been put back until tomorrow because Mr Ecclestone did not want the news to take away from the impact of Lewis Hamilton’s victory.

      I am surprised that, even for a moment, you thought the Suffolk Gazette had made something up.

      Regards,
      The Editor

  4. Chas Chilvers

    June 29, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I’ll take them on in my Skoda VRS, it’s my home circuit so fancy my chances.

  5. Hackmuss

    June 23, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Just wondering if there will be a change in the F1 regulations to allow the teams to add blue LED lighting systems to their wheels and door trims??

    • The Editor

      June 23, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Dear Hackmuss

      This is an excellent idea. I also think the exhausts on the F1 cars may be too quiet, so perhaps they could be artificially enhanced.

      A reader on Facebook also pondered over whether the F1 drivers, Lewis Hamilton et al, would be staying at the Premier Inn by the docks. I have checked with Mr Ecclestone’s office and this does indeed appear to be the case, although Nico Rosberg will be forced to stay alone at the nearby Travelodge.

      Regards,
      The Editor

      • Hackmuss

        June 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm

        It’s no more than he deserves. Hope he enjoys his plastic container of cornflakes.

  6. Penelope Pitstop

    June 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Very exciting. Will the boy racers be able to take part in the Grand Prix? I’d like to see suped-up Corsa or Saxo teams on the grid alongside the McLaren and Ferraris!

    • The Editor

      June 23, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Dear Penelope

      I shall have a word with Mr Ecclestone. But it’s fair to say there’s about as much chance as your Wacky Races gang taking part!

      How are Dick Dastardly and Muttley?

      Regards,
      The Editor

      • Penelope Pitstop

        June 23, 2015 at 8:08 pm

        They’re still trying to catch the pigeon.

        Love,
        Penelope

    • yo

      June 24, 2015 at 6:36 am

      a Saxo would beat the 2015 Mclaren no problem.

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