JUNE 19, 2008

Rouen to bid for the French GP

Rouen says it will bid for the French Grand Prix. The city held five French Grands Prix between 1952 and 1968 but continued to hold races on the Les Essarts road circuit until 1993. There was then an attempt to construct a new facility but the money could not be found. Now, an organisation called Espace des Decideurs des Entreprises Normandes and the Chamber of Commerce of Rouen say they are planning a new project. They say they are studying three different possibilities with a street circuit being the preferred idea. There is also a study for a circuit in the dock area of Rouen and a third possibility of a permanent circuit near the airport.

It is a nice idea.

All that is now needed is the money, the planning permission and contracts with all concerned.