Tenerife can emulate Monaco
Ex-touring car racer Patrick Watts, who now races his Allard J2 in historic races, thinks that the planned Tenerife Island Circuit has the potential to be mentioned in the same breath as prestigious events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Monaco Historic.
Patrick, a British Historic Rally champion, draws a parallel with Monaco in particular: “Monaco is not only attractive because of the race, but because of the great food, hotels and shopping. It’s the atmosphere as much as the race that makes it special.
“I believe that the Tenerife Island Circuit will have a similar attraction.”
The racetrack has been designed to FIA specifications, but that is not the only reason that Patrick thinks that it will thrive.
Patrick knows from his own experience that partners and family can be very influential when deciding where to race, and they are much more likely to want to come along to holiday destinations such as Monaco or Tenerife.
He believes that the Tenerife Island Circuit would attract racers and their families because it the island is as suited for holidaymaking as it is for motorsport.
The proposed circuit site lies 15km from Adeje and Abona, which are two of the main tourist areas in Tenerife, and have an abundance of luxury hotels and facilities.
It is also just a short distance from El Médano, one of Tenerife’s most impressive beaches, where world-class windsurfing and kitesurfing competitions are held.
If a world-class racing circuit isn’t enough, surely the island’s dramatic volcanic landscape and high-end hotels will entice even the most reluctant partner, son or daughter.
Patrick also owns and races the MG metro Turbo built for him and Tony Pond for the 1995 Silverstone TT and ex works BTCC Peugeot 406 he raced in the 1999 Australian touring car championship. “Racing for me is now all about socialising, fun and exercising my cars. Tenerife could be the perfect venue!”