The newly renovated Bushy Park race track, located in St Phillip – Barbados was the venue selected to host the 2014 Top Gear Festival. The venue seen in the show is a result of years of work and joined efforts by local team in Barbados, with support from Apex Circuit Design Ltd.
Apex Circuit Design Ltd. were commissioned in 2010 to establish an engineered solution and master plan to upgrade the existing track in Barbados to a 2.0km circuit in order to achieve an FIA Category 3 status, which is capable of hosting Formula 3, touring cars, and karting events up to world championship level.
Apex concluded their involvement in the project in February of 2011, when the master plan was handed over to the Bushy Park Circuit Inc.. The local team then took the challenge to conclude the engineering detail and deliver on the construction of the facility, which was scheduled for 2014.
The success of the renovated facilities was seen in this year´s Top Gear Festival, broadcasted by the BBC channel in May 2014. Clive Bowen, the founder and director of Apex, was one of the 15,000 spectators and was hugely impressed with the success of the event.
“I believe it was about 15,000 people on race day. Now if you consider that as a percentage of the population here in Barbados, that’s about five per cent.”
“If you had five per cent of the British population go to the F1 British Grand Prix you would have 3.5 million spectators!”
Amongst other attractions, the pinnacle event saw 2008 Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton driving his second season Mercedes F1 car, taking over rally driver Ken Block, in his Ford Fiesta ST, on a demonstration lap around the circuit. The Caribbean fans also had the privilege to see the first round of the 2014 Global Rally Cross Championship.
Follow the links below for videos on the event:
Videos of the circuit