Going to a track for the first time is always exciting, but it’s additionally exciting (with a tinge of apprehension) when you head to a brand new circuit that has never been raced on before. I was just at the Inje Speedium circuit in South Korea over the weekend for Round 2 of the Super Taikyu Series with the PETRONAS Syntium Team.
We nearly didn’t make it here as the race was only confirmed like a week or so before. I heard there was supposed to be a Super GT exhibition race of some sort before this Super Taikyu race but that never happened. There was so much uncertainty about whether the track would be ready in time for this Super Taikyu round.
I understand that there was an FIA track inspection done on 24 or 25 April and there was only one change needed – for the shape of the escape zone. The second FIA track inspection was on 7 May and obviously the track must have passed because I was informed of the confirmation of the Super Taikyu race and my flights were all booked.
As the whole Inje Auto Theme Park is a new facility, I was managing my expectations before heading over. While it wasn’t all smooth, the experience was generally alright and for a first time, I think it wasn’t too bad…