At the beginning of 2011 he wrote in these same pages about the difficult situation that the Jarama circuit was going through. Already at that time I was showing you my doubts when I said: "in these times of crisis I do not see very clear the play of requalifying the land to build". Of course you didn't have to be a guru to see what was coming.
Well, it seems that sanity has prevailed thanks to the complicated economic situation and the president of the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE), Carmelo Sanz de Barros, has presented this Thursday the Jarama 2021 Project, which aims to modernize the Jarama Circuit with a series of actions that will involve a total investment of around 20 million euros.
The project will be carried out in three phases and will culminate in 2021. Sanz de Barros explained that it is about making a series of systematic investments that turn the circuit into a place of leisure and enjoyment for all motor lovers. The first phase, which will require an investment of around three million euros and will end in mid-2015, consists of a in-depth restoration of the Jarama control tower, which will maintain its essence as an icon of the circuit.
The tower will have on its upper floors a series of spaces for recreation and restoration, from which you can watch the competitions or enjoy the best views of the route. At the base of the tower the buildings that house offices and timing will disappear, and will be replaced by restaurant areas with outdoor terrace, meeting room and an assembly hall.
In the second phase of the Jarama 2021 Project, it is planned to carry out a series of modifications to the straight stand, which will be expanded by about one hundred meters, to accommodate meeting rooms and offices, as well as all the pit area. In the third and final phase, the construction of a museum of cars made in Spain will be undertaken to accommodate all the vehicles worth exhibiting for motor enthusiasts, as well as the collection of vintage cars and the RACE Foundation library.
There is also a remodeling of the boxes, the construction of a new karting track and another series of minor works, within the framework of this rehabilitation project. But what I do not hear about at any time is asphalting again or removing potholes on the track. In any case, very good news.