Rio plans to demolish former Brazil GP track

Wed, 9 January 2008, 01:15

A piece of formula one history in Brazil has come under threat by Rio de Janeiro’s bid to host the Olympic Games in 2016.

The city on Tuesday released details of the bid, including plans to demolish the Jacarepagua race track, which hosted the Brazilian grand prix ten times until 1989.

The site, a reclaimed flat marshland that was cleared for the so-called Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in 1978, would be used as a base for a number of Olympic sports, according to the plans.

Jacarepagua has more recently been used for CART and MotoGP races, and survived plans in 2005 to demolish the circuit to make room for the Pan American Games.

Nigel Mansell won the last F1 race there, but Alain Prost won at Jacarepagua five times.

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