A new racing track has been given the green light for construction in Northern Ireland with aims for it to one day host rounds of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
Located on a 163-acre area that was formerly used as a clay pit in Coalisland, County Tyrone, the 2.23-mile-long Lake Torrent circuit has been designed with 12 corners to mix technical and high-speed sections. It will have elevation variations of 30 metres.
The track, which will be a 40-minute drive from Belfast, is planned to host regional, national and international racing, with targets for the BTCC and World Superbike Championship races to become crowning events in its annual calendar.
As such, it is being designed to FIA and FIM standards with pit garages, hospitality facilities and capacity for up to 30,000 spectators. It will also require the construction of new access and public link roads.