Engines test their mettle
The Belarusian National Academy of Sciences’ United Institute of Machine Building came up with the idea of building the track, as the Deputy Director for Scientific Work, Sergey Minyukovich, tells us.
The race track was set up in 2009, near the village of Ozerishche, with the second half completed in 2010. It has a hangar designed to prepare cars for testing, with everything funded from the Republican budget. It allows domestic car enterprises to save a great deal of money on testing, since there’s no need to travel abroad to tracks in Russia, Ukraine or the Czech Republic.
Test drives on the track are supervised by Belarusian Belkommunmash, Amkodor and MAZ, in addition to foreign car dealerships, but the site is also perfect for preparing to competitions. “The time has come for us to expand,” notes Mr. Minyukovich. “We plan to build an international level race track, in addition to motor cross tracks and a speedy ring road. Special sites are also planned to allow cars’ technical characteristics to be tested.”
The project is still at the design stage, supported by the Transport and Communications Ministry and the Automobile Sports Federation. German specialists may be attracted to develop a model of the future track, which would certainly help promote racing. Meanwhile, the United Institute of Machine Building plans to gather its own team of racing drivers, ready for international level racing championships.