“The Circuit is a racetrack”  


The circuit is not a racetrack. It is a test facility for vehicles and drivers. Our focus is on driving dynamics and performance driving. We coach people to become better drivers by offering professional support that increases their confidence. We promote personal safety on and off the road by helping drivers establish good driving habits.


A good comparison between the circuit and a racetrack is the comparison between a golf course and a driving range. The circuit is the driving range, and the golf course is the racetrack.


As the general manager of the motorsport circuit, i'd like to address some of the myths we've heard about the circuit.

If there are other questions please contact me by email here. - Paul Rossmo 



“The circuit makes a lot of noise.”


Our location allows heavy industrial and commercial activities and we operate well below acceptable noise levels. We follow the rules.

We are committed to continual improvements that respect our neighbors and allow a world-class high-performance driving experience.

Before driving, all vehicles are measured for sound levels and are not allowed on the circuit if they exceed our stringent guidelines.

Even at the busiest of times, the circuit operates well below the sound guidelines set by the Cowichn Valley Regional District.



“Only rich people are welcome.”


We welcome anyone who has an interest in motorsports to the circuit. We offer memberships as well as programs and events for the public. Our performance driving experiences as well as catered room rentals and lunch at our Paddock Lounge is available to everyone. We also offer access to our facility to local non-profit organizations for fundraising activities that support the Cowichan Valley.


“You fly in all of your professional drivers.”


Our full-time circuit staff and professional driving team all live in the Cowichan community and we are proud to support local interests. As our reputation increases we have been fortunate to attract our professionals to the Cowichan Valley from around the world.


“You don’t source or support anything local.”


We use local at every opportunity.

We used local contractors and sub trades to build our facility, and we have established business partnerships with local suppliers for on-going requirements, including equipment, food and building operation requirements.

We are also proud supporters of our community. We have donated almost $150,000 to local Cowichan Valley non-profit associations and established partnerships and sponsorships with many others, including:

• Salvation Army
• Cowichan District Hospital Foundation
• Duncan Wildcats
• Cowichan Capitals Hockey Team
• School District 79
• Clements Centre for Community Living
• 100 Women Who Care Cowichan
• Ride to Live (Prostrate)
• Cowichan Valley Drifters
• Cowichan Valley Bantam AAA Mustangs • Kerry Park Islanders Novice
• Kerry Park Islanders Bantam
• Francis Kelsey High School Jr. Team
• Duncan Choral Society
• Cowichan Lake District Seniors Association • Queen Margaret School
• Duncan Rotary
• BC Forest Discovery Centre

• Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce

• Lake Cowichan Chamber of Commerce

• Chemainus Chamber of Commerce • Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce • Cowichan Lake Pickleball Club
• Chemainus Theatre

• Tourism Cowichan

• Averill Creek Winery

• Vancouver Island University

• Tour de Rock Cowichan

• Cowichan Valley Ride for Suicide Awareness

• Shawnigan Lake School
• Cowichan Women Against Violence • Light on PTSD
• Lake Days
• Duncan Curling Rink

...and many more

The Circuit is also a member of the GAIN group of companies, which has partnered with the David Foster Foundation to support southern Vancouver Island. To date, contributions to the Foster Foundation are $120,000.


“100 cars are on the circuit at any one time.”


This would never occur. The maximum number of vehicles on the circuit is 15 vehicles, but rarely is there ever more than 5 to 6 cars at one time. On 2 a few occasions during the year, there will be an event with a maximum number of 15 cars on the circuit. There is one day each year where we have up to 500 cars on the circuit. That is our annual Motor Gathering event, which draws 10,000 people each year into the Cowichan Valley, and has raised over $320,000 to support the Cowichan Valley Hospital Foundation and the David Foster Foundation. Our 2018 event will bring in even more financial support for the Cowichan Valley.


“Your cars go through a set of tires each day.”


We supply tires to our own fleet, as well as many of our members’ cars. That rate of tire wear is false and completely unfounded.


“Your facility is gated, private and

we don’t know what happens behind that gate.”


Our focus is on driving dynamics and performance driving. We need to do a better job of communicating this to the community.

We are open to the public to experience performance-driving programs, laps with our instructors, catered room and event rentals, and complimentary tours of the facility.

Our insurance providers do require that our facility is secure and within a controlled environment for the safety of everyone who uses the circuit.


“I hear you are expanding the circuit. 

What’s the status of that?”


Our intention is to maximize our business in partnership with many others in the Cowichan Valley community. Our expansion will increase the economic benefits and jobs here in the Cowichan Valley.

We will also continue to maximize our resources from a business perspective and our on going support the local Cowichan Valley economy.

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