Shocking fire in the Termas de Río Hondo circuit

The fire has destroyed the pit building and has also affected the press rooms, VIP rooms and the Race Control of the Argentine track.

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Bad news for the motor world in Argentina. In the last hours there has been a strong fire in the Termas de Río Hondo circuit. This has been confirmed by the general director of the Autodromo, Héctor Farina. The fire has destroyed the pit building and has also affected the press rooms, VIP rooms and Race Control. Fortunately, both the Automobile Museum and the control tower have not suffered significant damage.

The Termas track hosts the MotoGP GP of Argentina that in this 2021 season had been postponed towards the end of the calendar due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The reconstruction of the affected part of the circuit will take a long time, but the good news is that there were no casualties. Farina states in the statement that they will do everything possible to keep the motorcycle racing grand prix in November.

According to the newspaper 'La Nación', the fire would have started in the terrace area, while some structures were being welded in a high area of the route located in the province of Santiago del Estero. The water thrown by the firefighters did not reach that high and the fire spread due to the strong wind.

Full statement from the Autodromo de Termas de Río Hondo

"Unfortunately the entire pit building was destroyed by the fire that occurred in the last hours at the racetrack, that sector also included the press rooms, Race Control and VIP lounges.

Both the museum and the control tower, which are located at the ends next to the offices, mini-hospital, etc., did not have significant damage.

The automobile museum will reopen to the public in the next few days.

The racetrack has full insurance against fire, so the issue of economic damage is covered in that sense, but it will surely take a long time to rebuild this important area necessary for national and international competitions.

Thank God, there were no victims to mourn, and we want to thank all those who collaborated in this incident that generated moments of great danger due to the wind that ran.

Many thanks to the various fire department crews, police officers, municipal staff, racetrack workers, etc., who did everything possible to avoid further damage.

We will work from now on to do everything possible to meet the schedules we have planned, including MotoGP in November. "

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