Court orders less testing at British venue

Mon, 20 November 2006, 07:04

British based formula one teams may have to search for a new venue for straight-line testing.

Although village residents near York asked the judge for a total ban, they have won a ruling to limit the running of noisy grand prix cars at Elvington Airfield.

It means that in 2007 and beyond, the venue – scene of regular aerodynamic testing on its long runways – may not host F1 cars for more than ten days a year.

Sixteen days of Formula One testing at the airfield took place in 2006, council officials said.

In York’s local newspaper The Press, one resident compared the noise of a grand prix-spec V8 to ‘howling banshees whipping through the house’.

A spokesman for Elvington Park Ltd declined to comment on whether the company would appeal.


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