Some interesting news for the Ridge, and their plans for 2015
Official press release: http://ridgemotorsportspark.com/wp-c...-1-30-2015.pdf
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SHELTON, Washington (January 30, 2015) – The Ridge Motorsports Park released development plans today for the 2015 season.
“We are thrilled to finally be making progress once again”, said Joe Manke. “We really appreciate everyone’s patience while we have been working hard to get this project back on track. There is so much work to do, and the season is right around the corner. We have identified a few key items we feel we can get done this year that will
significantly improve the facility and make The Ridge a better experience for users, and the community”.
Construction improvements to the road course started a little over two weeks ago, beginning with the signature Ridge turn complex. A reconfiguration of the turn 13 area was refined by the original road course designer Steve Crawford, to both improve the safety and flow of the circuit, and to mitigate the asphalt degradation issue of the original turn
configuration. Additional enhancements include new and more extensive curbing at turn 13 and turn 14, relocation of existing barriers, and additional safety barriers and safety features. There will also be extensive grading and
grooming of the surrounding terrain and runoff areas around turn 13, as well as many other areas around the entire road course. There will be fog lines painted on the track using non-slip type paint suitable for motorcycle riders and racers.
Design and engineering for a permanent bathroom building structure has been completed, including power, running hot and cold water with sinks, showers and changing rooms. Construction is scheduled to begin immediately once final permits are approved.
Clearing is currently underway on an upper area of the property near turn 12. We are making room and developing a location for a large elevated platform from which there will be sweeping panoramic views of the upper road course, as well as parts of the front straight and the lower property. Our objective is to make the facility viewer friendly and exciting for everyone, and to dramatically improve the entire Ridge experience, especially for non-participants.
Grading is underway to develop a 1/5th scale, 0.6 mile long and 26 foot wide kart track, that will be a virtual scale replica of the existing road circuit including elevation changes. Future uses include a fleet of rental karts, to open up the facility and engage with more members of the community, sanctioned kart races, and possibly even supermoto type events.
Unfortunately, the current revised master development plan does not include a drag strip on the present development site. However, other opportunities are being investigated.
“Since July, when we were finally able to get back to work moving this project forward, Joe and I have examined every possible way to physically package and build the drag strip along with the required supporting infrastructure needed to function properly and safely”, said Rusty Gill, co-owner. “The disappointing fact is, that after all the progress delays, we discovered that there simply isn’t enough space on the property to build the drag strip properly and safely on our current site”.
“Our friends and supporters in the drag racing community have been incredibly patient since all of this began”, said Joe Manke. “It was a real shock to us to discover that there just isn’t room to build the drag strip on our current site. But, Rusty and I want to be very clear however that this doesn’t mean we aren’t totally committed to doing our very best to build a place for our community drag racers to enjoy their sport. We are actively exploring other opportunities and locations to develop a venue for drag racing. If space constraints prevent building the drag strip on our current
property, then we are going to look into other ways to get it done”.
Some pics of turn 13 reconstruction can be found on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ridgemotorsportspark
For those who dont use FB, sorry, cant copy these and paste them into here. Too lazy
Can wait to see how T13 turns out - hopefully it's a little more flowing and inline with the rest of the track.
I wonder if they will use go cart track for minigp races one day. There is mention of Supermoto.