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2013-03-08 09:40

REJECTED CAPE GP PROSALS: Proposals for a Cape Town Grand Prix were received by city officials as far back as 2009 with a circuit planned around the then still under-construction stadium.

CAPE TOWN - In March 2013 we reported that Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone hinted at a Cape Town Grand Prix.

He said he would like Africa to host a race in the future - as he said a couple of years ago when there was much controversy about using the then new Green Point Stadium as the pits.

11 PROPOSALS FOR F1 RACE

Ecclestone said: "I want to be in Cape Town. I've been offered Durban but I think we would be better off in Cape Town."

His hopes for a Cape race may be dashed as the city claims that the cost would be prohibitive.

The City of Cape Town has ruled out the idea of a Formula 1 race despite receiving 11 proposals for F1 racing. Most of the proposals named Sea Point and the stadium as a suggested track but had been turned down by councillors.

HUGE COST TO THE CITY

Tourism, events and marketing director, Anton Groenewald, said: "We are not in favour of it because of the huge cost implications to the city." reports the Cape Times.

Councillor Felicity Purchase said: "Right up front we need to say the stadium is not available for racing. We cannot subject residents in the area to the noise of racing."

The city was reportedly considering two of the 11 proposals. The proposed City Challenge Cape Town would be a street race showcasing new technology using gas or electric power and be use a circuit outside of a residential area.

The second was the G1 Racing Green which would be a street race with electric cars.

Other venues proposed were the Athlone Stadium or the V&A Waterfront.

Would you like to see Cape Town host an F1 race? If so, where do you see a potential race circuit within the city? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...

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