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A1 GP calender revealed

2006-07-05 11:57
The South African race will be round eight and will once again take place in the streets of Durban, KwaZulu Natal on Sunday, February 25, 2007.

The full provisional calendar is:
Zandvoort, Netherlands, October 1
Brno, Czech Republic, October 8
Beijing, China, November 5
Sepang, Malaysia, November 26
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 16
Taupo, New Zealand, January 21, 2007 (venue to be confirmed)
Sydney, Australia, February 4, 2007
Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, February 25, 2007
South/North America, March 11/18, 2007 (to be confirmed)
Mexico, March 25, 2007
Indonesia, April 8, 2007 (to be confirmed)
Shanghai, China, April 15, 2007
Brands Hatch, Great Britain, April 29, 2007

"Last year's Durban race was the only street race in the inaugural season of the 'World Cup of Motorsport' and, despite the fact that we had very little time to put the race together - the entire construction of the circuit, including grandstands, pits and other facilities was completed in less than nine weeks - it was a success beyond our wildest expectations.

"We didn't really know what to expect, but as it turned out it was one of the best attended of the 11 races that constituted the first A1 GP series and all South Africans can be proud of the fact that it was voted the best presented A1 GP round of the season by no less than all the team principals.

"This time we know what to expect and we have a lot more time to plan and prepare for an even bigger and better race in 2007.

With the continued enthusiasm and co-operation of our partners, the province of KZN and the eThekwini municipality, and all the people of KZN, without whom last January's race could not have taken place, let alone be so well received by South Africans and visitors alike, we will show the world that we can do it again.

"We have already started our planning and are working closely with the offices of eThekwini mayor Obed Mlaba, City Manager Mike Sutcliffe and the KZN provincial government of Premier Sbu Ndebele to ensure that we do South Africa proud," said Cooper.

"As the official holder of the South African seat in this historic and unique global motor racing championship, and as Chairman of A1 GP Team South Africa, I am proud that South Africa will once again be one of the 20 or more nations who will be participating in the A1GP series, the 'World Cup of Motorsport'," said Tokyo Sexwale.

"I am even prouder that South Africa is again one of the countries that will be hosting a round of the series. We made many friends during last year's series and attracted the attention of millions of people all over the world, to our team and to our country.

"The Durban race attracted thousands of overseas visitors and millions watched it on television around the world. The economy of KZN benefited and South Africans of all shapes and sizes, young and old, were united in the support of their team and their nation.

"This is A1GP and this is why we have A1GP Team South Africa. I urge all South Africans to again support our team and our car, Vulindlela, as they did last year and help us show the world what a great people we are and what a great country we live in," Sexwale added.


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