These are exciting days for the motorsport community in Canada, particularly in the west, as a second new race track in British Columbia is about to become a reality.
Being developed by the South Okanagan Motorsports Corporation, Area 27 will be located just outside of Oliver, B.C. and was designed by Indycar & F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve. A deal was signed earlier this week, giving track developers a 99 year lease agreement with the Osoyoos Indian Band and Government of Canada for a 227 acre parcel of land.
The plan is for shovels to go in the ground today, with members being able to begin lapping late in the Spring. A country club model is being used for Area 27, although the public will be invited to certain open events at the FIA Level 2 circuit.
Earlier this year, a group of enthusiasts and local media took a tour of the site, where they were actually allowed to drive the dirt layout of the circuit.
Take a virtual lap of Area 27 with racer Scott Hargrove in a Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Area 27 press release
Oliver, British Columbia, October 27, 2015 – South Okanagan Motorsports Corporation (SOMC) has signed a 99-year lease agreement with the Osoyoos Indian Band and Government of Canada, securing 227 acres to develop a five-kilometer (three mile) track and facilities for membership-based motorsport club Area 27.
“We’re thrilled to get the build underway”, says Bill Drossos, Area 27 President and co-founder. “We have been in negotiation with the Band and Canadian government for some time, and are happy to have them as partners in this capacity. Chief Clarence Louie and the Band members have been very receptive and welcoming.”
SOMC begins construction November 1. Their private circuit is designed to FIA-standards by Canadian motorsport legend Jacques Villeneuve, who Drossos met at Richard Spenard’s driving academy more than 25 years ago. “Every race car driver dreams of having their own track”, says Drossos. “Many motorsport lovers have the same dream. We’re making it a reality.”
Funded by private investment and memberships, Area 27 welcomes members of all skill levels. “It’s like booking a tee-time at the golf club”, explains Drossos. “Instead of golfing, members learn how to safely push their limits and be better drivers.” The project stages include: the first full-size five kilometer road circuit west of Ontario, a clubhouse, industry-related businesses, and luxury on-site accommodation.
Professional motorsport driver and Area 27 co-founder Trevor Seibert leads the build with his company Lake Excavating. “It’s great to have so many pros involved in this project”, says Drossos. “From design and engineering to the build by Trevor, and with Richard Spenard at our Driving Academy, we have the top people here.”
Area 27 is scheduled to have its track available to members by late spring 2016, with select events open to the public seasonally.
News source: Area 27