On October 25th, Dr. Sathien Charoenruen, Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, presided over a meeting to discuss the prospect of a road racing event – ‘PT PRACHUAP GRANDPRIX 2021’. The meeting was held by Aoom and was attended by all the relevant and necessary people.
The race will be held on a specially adapted track along the Khao Chong Krachok and the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan Bay and is planned to take place between 24th-28th November. Mr. Sarawut Prachamphob, who is a representative from PTG Energy Public Company Limited submitted the plan to host the race and to use the route along Ao Prachuap and Khao Chong Krachok, which will cover a disatnce of roughly 2.3 Km, races will run from November 24th-28th, from 07.30-18.30.
Throughout the competition lanes will be blocked to allow motorcycles and motorcycle trailers to travel at all times. For cars there will be a temporary bypass route for traffic, and in the event that it is required races would be suspended to allow ambulances to take potential patients to hospital through a new channel created.
At this event, there will also be a mini motor show at the Provincial Stadium, there will be exhibits from various car companies, and there will be a sale of OTOP products, which are community products of traders and entrepreneurs in Prachuap province, this section of the event will run between 25th-28th November from 11.00-21.00.
The organisers of the event are hoping it will generate more than THB 100 million in cash flow for the region, with more than 300 cars participating in the competition and more than 300 shops on site, it is estimated that there will be more than 20,000 people attending the event. Mr. Phromphiriya Kitnuson, Deputy Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, has asked the competition organisers to present the matter to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee for permission to approve the staging, in order that it is carried out appropriately within Covid-19 guidelines.
“Each activity must be clearly detailed, including measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and the effects that may occur in various fields. And most importantly, a list of people who will come to attend the event should be sent to the provincial public health office to check if they have received the full dose of the Covid vaccine within the specified period or not”, Phromphiriya said.
Dr. Sathien, the Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, said the province is ready to support such activities but wants the organisers to have clear measures to support the least impact on the people in the area, such as” Regarding the creation of loud noise and traffic planning, by asking the organisers to find preventive measures to reduce the impact which should be made publicly available to the public clearly in advance.
In addition, it is necessary to expedite the preparation of a detailed competition plan before submitting it to the provincial communicable disease committee meeting next week in order to have time to make improvements to ensure its safety and acceptance from the local residents before the tournament starts.
The governor emphasised the importance that spectators must not be heavily congested as this would increase the risk of the potential spread of disease. Covid-19 continues to be a significant factor in daily life in Prachuap province with high numbers of people testing positive daily, he asked relevant agencies to help expedite the approval letter so that the competition could be held in accordance with government regulations.