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A planned MotoGP circuit in Wales could become the ‘British Nürburgring’ after a campaign was launched in support of the proposed development.

Plans to create a new £200m motor racing complex near Ebbw Vale in South Wales, which would meet MotoGP and World Touring Car Championship standards, have gains support from a group campaigning to open the development into a public race track.

The group cites the success of the Nürburgring in Germany, which allows the general public to test their own vehicles for a fee of €26 per lap.

As well as pointing out the economic and regeneration benefits, the group also highlights the safety aspect of the move, providing a safe environment for drivers and riders to test their machines.

A statement on the group’s online petition page says: “The Nurburgring in Germany has been a roaring success for the region. Tourists come from far and wide to do a lap or two of the famous public racetrack. We propose that a similar road be opened in a deprived area in need of rejuvenation.

“This would be a good idea because it would be a centre for the public to explore speed in a safe environment, instead of on public roads causing harm to themselves and others. It would also bring automotive tourism to the area, and potentially would make money for the department through a toll system.”

You can view and sign the petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/19328

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