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F1 comes to Bangkok
- Published: 13 Dec 2010 at 01.27
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It's not going to be as exciting as Singapore or Malaysia, but Mark Webber's drive on Ratchadamnoen avenue is sure to create some thrills.
F1 comes to Bangkok
Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue will be closed next Saturday — not for planned demonstrations by the red or yellow shirts, but for an exhibition of Formula One driving.
Although only a show for F1 world champion team Red Bull Racing, co-organiser Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is confident it will be an adrenaline-pumping event for motor sports fans.
The event, the first of its kind in the capital, will give Bangkokians the chance of a glimpse of an expensive race car in their own city, said Deputy Bangkok Governor Taya Teepsuwan.
The idea of turning Ratchadamnoen Avenue into a race track is not new. Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanuban — better known as Prince Bira — planned to close roads in the Sanam Luang and Ratchadamnoen area in 1939 for a ‘‘Bangkok Grand Prix’’.
But Prince Bira’s dream was dashed when World War II broke out.
Saturday’s show is part of City Hall’s efforts to help realise the late Prince Bira’s dream, Ms Taya said.
More than 10,000 people are expected to book their places along the sides of Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue to see Red Bull racer Mark Webber drive his RB26 car on the 107-year-old road.
The three-lap course will get under way at Phan Fa Bridge, pass Democracy Monument and circle at Khok Wua intersection where the race will also finish.
Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue will be closed from 2pm to 3.30pm with a considerable number of security officers at the event.
Motorsport enthusiasts welcome the event and say they will not miss it. But some wonder if the road is good enough for an F1 car and others see the course as being too short.
Adapted from a story in Saturday’s Bangkok Post by Kultida Samabuddi.
demonstration – an occasion when a large group of people protest about something การชุมนุมประท้วง
exhibition – the act of showing a skill, a feeling, or a kind of behaviour การแสดง
confident – being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
adrenaline – a substance produced in the body when you are excited, afraid or angry. It makes the heart beat faster and increases your energy and ability to move quickly อะดรีนาลิน, ฮอร์โมนเนื้อในต่อมหมวกไต
adrenaline-pumping – very exciting
glimpse - when you see something or someone for a very short time เหลือบดู, ชำเลือง, ชายตามอง
dash a dream – to make it impossible for someone to do what they hoped to do ทำให้ไม่สมหวัง, ทำให้ผิดหวัง, ทำให้เสียกำลังใจ
effort – an attempt to do something ความพยายาม
realise – to achieve something ทำให้เป็นจริง
book – to arrange to have or use something on a particular date in the future จอง
intersection – a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other สี่แยก
considerable – large in size, amount, or degree ค่อนข้างมาก
enthusiast – a person who is very interested in something and spends a lot of time doing it ผู้มีความกระตือรือร้น