“Last year, we recorded record attendance during the World Superbike Championship, which with the number of 54,000 visitors became one of the main highlights of the motorsport season in the Czech Republic. We believe that even more fans will find their way to us for this spectacular show this year. We want to be as well prepared as possible to once again fulfill the high expectations of drivers and teams used to the standards of leading world circuits,” says Josef Zajíček, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Autodrom Most.
Modifications of the bridge circuit follow the recent replacement of the entire track surface. This year, the construction work focuses on the reconstruction and modification of selected safety zones in the turns T16, T17 and T20. Other modifications concern the approach to the first turn of T1 to increase safety during intense braking.
There is also a reconstruction of the curbs in the last passage of the circuit and their replacement with a different type to suit both cars and motorcycles, the approach to the pit lane will also be widened, the plans include the installation of new car restraint systems in turns T17 and T18 and last but not least also modification of the camera system, which the autodrome develops itself. Based on the experience from last season, two magnifying monitors will be added, which will increase the display options for sports commissioners.
Newly installed last year the camera system is awaiting testing of artificial intelligence this year, which will be able to automatically recognize, for example, fire or “non-standard” vehicle movements. At the same time, design and construction work is also underway on the new medical center, which visitors should expect as early as 2025.
“Further modifications are currently underway on the starting tower, in which we want to use our experience from recent years. Perhaps the most interesting modification to the control post will be the testing of artificial intelligence in the camera system, which will help us to be more effective in the event of accidents. It will also be further expanded, on which we are cooperating with a local company. We try to move our race track every year according to the latest rules and safety recommendations,” says sports director Jindřich Hrneček.
But the autodrome will also welcome new service vehicles. Two new pieces will be available Hyundai i30 N, which will be supplemented by emergency Hyundais already in service – safety car and medical car.
Another new addition to the circuit fleet will be the rescue special Hyundai Tucson RTP, which is a rapid technical assistance vehicle. The first-line intervention vehicle is intended for initial intervention at car races, and interestingly, it will be equipped with not only approximately 150 kg of combined fire extinguisher (powder, foam, CO2), but also 15 kg of special gel fire extinguisher for Li-Ion batteries. At the same time, it will be equipped with hydraulic and mechanical rescue equipment, all protective equipment will also be on board, including a special kit for intervention in electric cars.