Dragon Run promises fast, furious F1 burnouts

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 June, 2011, 12:00am


There will be 'burnouts' and 'donuts' aplenty but Formula One driver Jaime Alguersuari (pictured) was uncertain how fast he could go in the Red Bull Dragon Run tonight.

'I can't say how fast I will go. I have still not seen the stretch of road nor the condition of it, but I hope a lot of people will turn up to watch me,' said Spanish speed merchant Alguersuari, who will become the first top-of-the range racer to drive an F1 machine on the streets of Hong Kong. Organisers were talking yesterday of speeds of 135 km/h, although a team insider said it could be far lower.

'It could be anything between 80 to 200 km/h, but to touch the top speed as we did in Switzerland, you would need at least a two-kilometre stretch of straight road. We had eight kilometres and there were no spectators,' Red Bull's support team manager Tony Burrows said.

'We expect a big crowd and safety will come first. At a road show in Tokyo last week, we only managed 30km/h as the road was all twists and turns and there were a lot of people.

'This will give the public a chance to see a Formula One machine up close for the first time. Jaime will entertain the fans with burnouts and donuts. We at Red Bull Racing want to share the experience with people who only see Formula One on television. It will be fun.'

Red Bull Racing will do 20 road shows this year, stopping over in Hong Kong for the first time. 'To put on this show, we had to fly in eight tonnes of freight, but everything has run smoothly,' Burrows said.

Fans will also get to see a super bike and drift show demonstration.