Motor sports enthusiasts celebrate new racetrack opening north of Calgary

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Cars cruise the circuit at the newly opened Rocky Mountain Motorsports near Carstairs. (Dan McGarvey/CBC - image credit)
Cars cruise the circuit at the newly opened Rocky Mountain Motorsports near Carstairs. (Dan McGarvey/CBC - image credit)

After seven years navigating approvals and sound permits, Alberta has a new racetrack for car and motorbike enthusiasts.

Rocky Mountain Motorsports has officially opened its 3.5-kilometre track. It features 16 turns and 36 metres of elevation change.

The new track was designed by circuit-maker Hermann Tilke and built at a cost of $35 million.

The facility is based around memberships, with time also allocated for public use and classes.

WATCH | CBC News got a preview of the racetrack earlier this year:

Members and founders gathered with their cars on Thursday to celebrate the official opening.

The track will host everything from driving schools and car clubs to dealership test drives and motorsports events.

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