Pipes in the sand. The Story of Changi Motorsports Hub

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Every saga has its origin. The 13th of July 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of what should have been a historical day in the history of Motorsport in Singapore. A day that should have marked the beginning of a bright new era for Motorsport in Singapore. A bright future that never came, and remains forgotten.

Every 2 years, the skies above Changi East are filled with the roar of low-flying military aircraft performing aerobatics during the bi-annual Singapore Airshow, held at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC). For the remainder of the 2 years, Changi East remains a relatively quiet place, with most of the noise in the area coming from airliners taking off from the adjacent Changi Airport.

However, it was never meant to be the case. Changi East was planned to be the site of Singapore’s first Permanent Racing Circuit, with the circuit being located adjacent to the CEC. However, the Circuit was never meant to replace the Marina Bay Street Circuit, where the Singapore Grand Prix is run yearly. The Changi Motorsports Hub was to instead complement the Marina Bay Street Circuit, allowing for Motorsport activities on a year-round basis.

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