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Area 27 now 'sold out'

The Area 27 Motorsports Park in Oliver says it has fully sold out of memberships following its first full season in operation.

The private speedway has capped membership at 300, charging upwards of $45,000 for access to the 4.8-kilometre, 16-turn track designed by Canadian racing icon Jacques Villeneuve.

Ground initially broke on the speedway — situated on the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve — in Dec. 2015. A grand opening was held last June, which drew several hundred people.

The track's owners say they will now turn to expanding member offerings, and start construction on the facility's first building early in the 2018 season.

The 9,500 sq. ft. multipurpose space will overlook the circuit with on-site food and beverage and Academy 27 classroom facilities.

The track is also announcing a new partnership with Porsche Centre Kelowna that will expand public access, including a new “Academy 27 pro ride experience.”

Finally, the speedway says 2018 will be about developing corporate entertainment, media, and videography opportunities. During the inaugural season, the circuit hosted Chevrolet, McLaren Cars, and Subaru Canada.

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