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2015-08-31 13:46

NO TURKISH DELIGHT: Turkey's Istanbul Park only held seven grad prix during its time on the calendar. The arena is now being transformed into a car dealership.Image:AFP

ISTANBUL. Turkey - Turkey's chances of returning to the F1 calendar any time soon now appear dead.

Istanbul Park hosted grands prix between 2005 and 2011, with the Hermann Tilke-penned circuit famous for its challenging turn 8

LACK OF LOCAL SUPPORT

But the event collapsed for financial reasons and a lack of local interest.

Now, the track that reportedly cost almost $300 million to build is to become a used car dealership, the Turkish daily Sozcu reports.

A car rental company has reportedly signed a 10-year lease and plans to sell 25 000 cars per year from the facility, to be called Istanbul Park Auto Market.

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