Subic International Raceway
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- Circuit length:
- 1.864 miles/3.000 km
- Circuit type:
- Permanent road course
After 17 dormant years, circuit racing in the Philippines was finally revived in 1994 at the site of what was the largest US naval base outside the USA. Abandoned and devastated from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Sport Values Inc. bought the site and started to rebuild.
The racing circuit is built over the fuel farm and refuelling installation at the old Naval Air Station in Cubi Point. It caters well for spectators, with a close infield in front of the pits and viewing areas, with several combinations of corners. These are followed by a short grandstand straight, a series of esses, and then two long straights both with fast corners halfway, alongside the main runway, now the Subic Bay International Airport.
Since then, the improvement and development of the track and competence of its officials has been at a constant pace. It gained FIM approval in 1997 and its grade four FIA license in 1998.
The improvements of Subic Bay in general were also remarkable, hotels, restaurants, casinos, golf, yachting, aqua sports, communications, making it one of the country's big tourist destinations. At the national level it hosts The Phillipine's biggest races and has also developed a diverse use of the track, ranging from high performance driving school to corporate uses like product launches and car tests.
The track is 2.8 kilometres in length with 12 turns and has a 12 metre wide bitumen surface. Essentially flat, the circuit has a combination of grass, gravel or concrete run-off areas - although in many places barriers run up the the track's edge.
Subic Bay has hosted South East Asia's Premier motorcycle, touring car and formula car events. The Marlboro Asia Pacific Road Racing Championship, Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) featuring the Southeast Asian Touring Car Zone Challenge (SEATCZC) and the Asian Formula 2000 have all raced here, and it also hosts the Asian 1600 Touring Car Invitational Cup, the Philippine Japan Invitational Historic Car Races and the Hong Kong Classic Car Races. The major visitor to the track today is the Asian F3 Series.