Albert Poon says there's one race he's determined to win - the race against time. 'Before I kick the bucket I'd like to see a track in Hong Kong and drive on it, if I'm still capable,' he says. And if news from HKAA chief executive officer Andrew Windebank and circuit committee member Wesley Wan Wai-hei is anything to go by, he may well be on course for another victory. Windebank says investors have already bought most of the land needed for a track site, and Wan adds it could be up and running in three years if all goes to plan. Neither would be drawn on where the site is or who the investors are, but Windebank says: 'Investors have approximately 80 per cent of the required land.' Wan says that after decades of talks, the government saw the light. 'It's interested because it knows the venture is money-making and good for tourism,' he says. Windebank says the proposal for an IT grade track (suitable for Formula 1 testing but not racing) is winning support from the Home Affairs Bureau and particularly Secretary for Home Affairs, Patrick Ho Chi-ping. 'He has been extremely helpful, with advice, guidance and support in principle,' Windebank says. All of which is great news to Poon. 'I was involved in the application for a track for about 15 years when I was chairman of the Hong Kong Kart Club. We tried first of all to get a track for the go-kart team, but then why bother to get one just for go-karts? If you're going to do it go the whole way. We tried, putting in six or seven applications to the government, but were always shot down by one department or the other. 'The previous government did show some interest, but I believe its hands were tied because of all the rules and regulations. There was always some drawback somewhere. But nowadays I believe the new government can conquer this problem. 'We're not the first, with Zhuhai, now Shanghai, and Beijing coming up, but why should Hong Kong be left behind? It's unbelievable that we're in this position.' And it was a dream shared by many of the drivers at Zhuhai last weekend. Husband-and-wife team Rob and Sally Ferguson, both in their 40s, from the Peak, driving a modified $300,000 Lotus Elise S2, says a Hong Kong circuit is long overdue. 'The idea of boy racers screaming around Hong Kong at 180km/h is crazy,' says Rob, a publisher. 'They've bought their cars and spent money doing them up and then there's nowhere to try them out. So what do they do? They're out on the streets at 4am.' Sally, an obstetric gynaecologist at Matilda Hospital, says safety is a key factor: 'The emergency care in Hong Kong hospitals is superb, whereas it is mediocre in Zhuhai.' 'It's atrocious,' adds Rob. 'Where is the emergency ambulance and medical crew today?'