The Valley Speedway, Bengaluru’s new FIA Grade 3 race track
We brought you exclusive news on the CoASTT race track in Coimbatore late last year. Now evo India breaks news on another new race track, this one located near Bengaluru. The Valley Speedway is a new 2.4km race track coming up near Chitradurga, about 3 hours away from the city centre in Bengaluru. The project is being promoted by Infratech developers and the land has already been acquired. “With Tilke's team working in tandem with ours, we aim to start construction by May 2022 and open our doors to enthusiasts by the end of next year,” says Amogh Kandari, managing director, Infratech Developers.
Work on the track began in November 2021, a dirt was laid out for off-road and rally events, and then Tilke Engineers and Architects were brought on board to finalise the track layout. Headed by Hermann Tilke — the experienced circuit designer responsible for tracks like Yas Marina, Bahrain International circuit, Sochi Autodrome, Circuit of the Americas and even our very own Buddh International Circuit — the track layout was refined to make sure it meets FIA regulations, particularly on the safety front. While the aim is to homologate it for Grade 4, Kandari says Tilke’s team are confident of getting Grade 3 certification.
The track is situated on a 53 acre parcel of land which is in a valley (hence the name) with a stream running through it making for not only a very beautiful location but delivering fantastic elevation changes. In one section, from one corner to another, the track rises by 18 meters, immediately dropping by 10 meters in the next corner and this goes on through the 2.3km making for a fantastic challenge for drivers. Kandari says this track will be like the Brands Hatch (in the UK) of India. There can be a total of 4 track configurations and using the natural flow of the land was something that excited the team at Tilke as well. The circuit leaves the stream untouched, with two bridges over the course of a lap. The track will have a width of 12 meters going up to 16-17 meters in some parts.
The race track is just one part of the project — there’s a lot more going on as well. There are plans for a Grade B CIK karting track next to the main racetrack. The layout you see in the pictures will get refined before it gets the go-ahead for construction. In addition to this, there are plans for a condo project with a member’s clubhouse. These built to suit villas will have garage spaces as well so you can park your sports car or track cars at the track, at your own house. The condos also have an incredible birds eye view of the whole track. A 100-room hotel is also being planned making this a proper motorsport destination.
The Valley Speedway is around 170km from Bangalore city centre on the NH4 towards Pune and takes approximately 3 hours to get there. The track is about 6km from the highway and access should be easy for people coming from Bengaluru. We are super excited by this new race track that is set to join other tracks under construction including the CoASST in Coimbatore, Nanoli Speedway in Pune, Marque One in Anantapur and the Pista Motor Raceway outside Hyderabad.