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The Macau Grand Prix Committee (MGPC) has held a press conference in order to detail the preparations for the upcoming 61st Macau Grand Prix, which will take place between November 13 and 16. The Committee’s Coordinator of the Sporting Subcommittee, Mr. Chong Coc Veng, has indicated that the organizer will add new clauses to the regulations in order to limit the average noise level to a maximum of 115 decibels (dB).
“This year, we have set the standard with a maximum noise level of 115dB. The way we manage this is that we first draft the regulation, where we will clearly state the [noise] limit,” said Chong Coc Veng. “Before the race starts, we will also include [a method of checking] noise levels in the vehicle examination procedure. There will be machines for our staff members to raise the motor to a certain revolution count, and see if it will [generate noise levels] that exceed the limit. If it [the motor] really exceeds the limit, we will impose restrictions on its racing condition.” He added that there are different noise restrictions in different venues, and that this is the first time MGPC has set a noise limit.
The organization will start preparations for the race in July, including racetrack re-
paving and the installation of fences. The MGPC Coordinator, João Costa Antunes, stressed that most of the operations will be carried out at night “to cause minimum inconvenience for the residents.”
Furthermore, the Coordinator suggested that, after trailing last year and analyzing together with the traffic department, MGPC has decided to re-pave the racetrack during the summer holiday in July, August and September. Most of the section from the Estrada de São Francisco to Rua dos Pescadores will be re-paved during weekend hours, while the re-pavement of the section from Avenida da Amizade to Avenida de Lopo Sarmento de Carvalho will be conducted at night. All operations on Avenida da Amizade that will take up lanes (such as installing safety fences and the transportation of trucks) will move to the timeslot between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. “The biggest change is that we hope the majority of the construction will be carried out at night. This means that we will have enough time and can mitigate the disturbance to residents. Last year, the operations were in August and September. This year, we want it to be earlier and we will have re-paving in July, August and September. Not only is it done earlier but we can spread them over a wider period.” The organizer will also increase the number of gates along the racetrack to nine, in order to divert car traffic more efficiently.
As for the second stage of the GP control tower project, Costa Antunes has stated that the scheme is unfinished and that there will be no construction this year. “As we can see, our project is not finished. We only completed the first stage. We are still waiting for permission from the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau for the second-stage construction. The expansion of the tower will have to wait until we have an overall plan that includes the car park and other facilities. We are still in the planning stage. Our decision is to halt the construction this year.”
The Coordinator revealed that the budget for last year was around MOP287 million and that the budget for this year is approximately MOP190 million. However, he explained that people should not compare this year’s budget with that of 2013, because the racing period was longer last year due to the 60th race anniversary. The 2014 budget is still, however, 15 percent higher than that of 2012.
In addition, last year’s overall income registered an increase of MOP64 million year-on-year. The increase in ticket sales alone totaled MOP14 million. “This year, we estimate that the income will be around MOP40 million, which means that there will be a 10-percent increase compared with the race in 2012,” Costa Antunes added. This year, the program of races will be shortened, since the Interport race, traditionally contested by Hong Kong drivers and local drivers, will not take place.

Noise reduction not welcomed in F1

A decision has been made to change the engines in Formula 1 cars to V6 turbo hybrids, which are supposed to be quieter. The Formula 1 CEO, Bernie Ecclestone, said that he was “horrified” by this idea, and has always made it clear that he does not support the change of engines, which will, he suggested, produce a less intense noise that will consequently make the races less exciting for spectators. The Telegraph reported that the Australian Grand Prix even threatened to sue for breach of contract because of the “lack of noise,” saying that it can affect ticket sales. In return, Ecclestone promised to find a way to make the cars with the new engine sound “more like racing cars.”

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Sinibaldi 18/04/2014 11:07:15
Glimmers of spring.

The sound of
the springtime
near a path full
of desires, the
matin serenity,
a delicate sadness
where the sunshine
outshines with
an inner recall.

Francesco Sinibaldi
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