Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Grandstands at the Shanghai that were damaged

Grandstands at the Shanghai International Circuit that were damaged by a storm last Friday might not be repaired before the Chinese Grand Prix on 7 October.

No one was injured during the storm but gusts of wind around 140 kph damaged four grandstands at the 270,000 capacity venue, the Shanghai Daily reported."We may not repair the damaged stands this year as dismantling the seats, clearing debris and rebuilding work all require time," Wang Ying, deputy general manager of Shanghai Circuit, told Youth Daily a local newspaper."Even if we finish before the Chinese Grand Prix, we may still be short of time to carry out safety tests on the repair work."Shanghai Circuit denied the accusation that it used light-weight alloys on the grandstands, which would not have been able to withstand the storm. The company also re-assured ticket holders that those designated to the damaged stands will be offered seats in other parts of the track and grandstand prices - which range from US$100 to US$500 - will not go up.

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