Whitaker appointed Circuit of Wales chief executive

Whitaker appointed Circuit of Wales chief executive

Martin Whitaker has been appointed as chief executive of the Circuit of Wales.

Whitaker, the former chief executive of Formula One venue Bahrain International Circuit, has been appointed by the Heads of the Valleys Development Company (HOTVDC) to oversee the final stages of the British facility's construction and the start of its operations.

The Circuit of Wales forms part of an 830-acre development that includes a technology park and a training facility, and already has a deal in place with motorcycling blue-riband series MotoGP to host the British Grand Prix. The race has reverted to Silverstone and Donington amid delays to the Circuit of Wales project.

However, the UK£325 million construction phase has moved a step nearer completion this week after the Welsh government deregistered common land on the Rassau, Ebbw Vale site, allowing building work to proceed.

Whitaker said: "It is with enormous excitement that I look forward to working with [HOTVDC chief executive] Michael [Carrick] and the team at the Circuit of Wales to deliver this unique project for the British motorsport industry, the automobile industry and the people of Blaenau Gwent.

“I am passionate about the economic and social benefits that a venue such as the Circuit of Wales will bring, and firmly believe that the time is ripe for this development not only as an amazing entertainment and leisure centre, but also as an invaluable resource for the entire British motorsport and automotive industry.”