The Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo is about to get the FIM grade for MotoGP events. Later in the year, teams will get all the way down here for an official testing, before the race takes place next year.
The track has been modified to comply with FIM safety standards, they build a brand new international airport next to the track and they are about to start building a 5 stars hotel.
There have been three or four proposals for a revived race in Argentina – two in Mar del Plata, one at Zarate – in recent years, and none have come to fruition. And given the circumstances between Rio Hondo’s removal from the 2013 MotoGP calendar, this doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in me.
As you say, the circuit exists, which is more than can be said of the other proposed races.
However, it’s going to need an upgrade to its airport to handle Formla 1 – which the organisers have made clear they know about – which is going to be an expensive project. And that’s on top of the circuit upgrades that they want to make. So getting Formula 1 to Rio Hondo is probably going to cost as much as the Mar del Plata or Zarate bids.
I’m really interested to see how WTCC will do at this circuit: it’s a flowing track, which is not the standard for 4-wheel racing. It might produce some great racing, but I’m afraid it will be slightly ‘dull’.