One person running to be the Indonesian Motorsports Association’s (IMI) next chairman says he wants to bring Formula 1 racing to the nation.
“If Malaysia and Singapore can do it, why can’t we? Even though this is just my dream, I’ll work very hard to make it happen,” National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen Nanan Soekarna said on Monday in a press statement as quoted by tempo.co.
Nanan, who if elected would join a long line of senior police and military officers heading national athletic organizations, said he wanted to bring all automotive sports under IMI up to the international level.
"We have potential racers. IMI will support them to race outside Indonesia,” Nanan said, adding that he would involve the government, sole-authorized agents (ATPM) and other relevant parties to support the move.
IMI is set to appoint a new chairman at its national meeting later this week in Surakarta, Central Java.
Nanan is competing with Army Lt. Gen. Hotma Mangaradja Panjaitan and businessmen Adiguna Sutowo, Benny Laos, Sadikin Aksa and Johny Pramono to replace the current IMI chairman, Ari Batubara.
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 17:20
They need a new circuit as quality and standard at Sentul Circuit pretty bad. Plus Malaysia and Singapore already held F1 with Thailand voiced their interest. This country really close and not viable enough for another F1 grand prix. Malaysia GP already affected with the new Singapore GP. Indonesia still lagged behind compared to Malaysia and Singapore in term of wealth and facility to hold an international event. Don't forget that terrorist threat quite serious in Indonesia compared to Malaysia and Singapore.
You never know and besides terrorism causes minor casualties statistically.
Below you can look at a recent map of the countries at risk. Indonesia is far behind Russia, India and... Spain, even with the USA, France and UK.
I don't know where you take your opinion from, but you might read with interest the active counter-terrorism measures which have been taken by the Indonesian authorities for quite a while. This include a constant vigilance over the region of Aceh and also regulations which aimed at avoiding money laundering.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 17:50
In other words, since Ecclestone wants to take Formula One to the richest (and most populous) nations in the world, it seems to me that there will be a race in Indonesia in the medium term future unless there's a VERY strong reason against it.
Edited by Grayson, 13 December 2011 - 17:51.