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Old 2 Sep 2011, 11:43   #1
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2012 Auto GP Season Discussion

Perhaps a bit early for this thread, but Auto GP have announced a provisional 2012 calendar, including races at Sonoma, Curitiba and Suzuka (!), all alongside the WTCC.

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Below, the first draft of the Auto GP 2012 calendar

11 March Monza (I)
1 April Valencia (E)
15 April Donington Park (UK)
13 May Budapest (HUN)
3 June Brno (CZ)
29 July Curitiba (BR)
23 September Sonoma (USA)
21 October Suzuka (J)
http://www.autogp.org/en/news.php?id=0466
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in the context of fr3.5 looking at brazil and russia, isn't 3 long haul events a bit run before you can walk? or are they just repositioning themselves in the market?

incidentally i figured fr3.5 would probably head to curitiba on the wtcc package as well as monza. perhaps not, having seen that calendar.
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23 September Sonoma (USA)

BWUHHHHH?!?! Why? Doesn't make sense. Maybe they'll pick up a Russell kid and make it worth someone's time. I mean, I love that they'll be here, but in Sonoma? While Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, and Road America are without open wheelers?
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It is infuriating that those tracks are dormant for single seaters, but Auto GP are just following WTCC to Sonoma. I wonder if the same crappy IndyCar layout will be used too?

It does seem strange that they're planning 3 flyaway races in a championship that's supposed to be a cheap GP2/FR3.5 alternative, and one that always struggles for full grids.
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3 flyaway races kills any low budget championship.
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GP2 Asia lasted four seasons, and only the first two had several fly-away races. The last two seasons were only made in Middle East (and even Europe), thus the distance wasn't so long for the teams.
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BWUHHHHH?!?! Why? Doesn't make sense. Maybe they'll pick up a Russell kid and make it worth someone's time. I mean, I love that they'll be here, but in Sonoma? While Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, and Road America are without open wheelers?
It's because that's where the WTCC will be going and Auto GP wouldn't be much of a support package if they went elsewhere.

Edit: Ah, missed a post explaining the same thing. Sorry. Nothing to see here!

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america no go. beter come macau and race w/wtcc in guia circuit.
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Nice idea! But they should better fill the grids. 14 cars in 6km would be even more ridiculous, not to mention boring to watch.
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Daniele Audetto, ex-Ferrari team manager and Renault business development director, has lent his support to Auto GP's expansion plans for 2012.
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New British team joins Auto GP

New British team joins Auto GP



Good news coming from Auto GP, Andy Roach & Paul Devlin both ex Supernova have teamed up to start a new team 'Virtuosi'.

Auto GP are getting top class people involved now, looks to be an interesting formula for drivers with big prize funds and it helped Grosjean get back to F1.

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A new UK based team, Virtuosi Racing joins the series. The team employs several ex Super Nova staff members.
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I think Suzuka has been dropped from the calendar.
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Good news coming from Auto GP, Andy Roach & Paul Devlin both ex Supernova have teamed up to start a new team 'Virtuosi'.

Auto GP are getting top class people involved now, looks to be an interesting formula for drivers with big prize funds and it helped Grosjean get back to F1.

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This is the best news to come out of the Supernova story, Andy Roach and Paul Devlin held Supernova together for years, good luck to them both. Top Men.
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You're right. I see there are several other changes with the calendar shown on the site. Some rounds have changed date, while Donington is replaced by Marrakech, and Estoril has replaced Brno.

11 March Monza (ITA)
1 April Valencia (ESP)
15 April Marrakech (MAR)
6 May Budapest (HUN)
3 June Estoril (POR)
22 July Curitiba (BRA)
23 September Sonoma (USA)

I would guess this is still a provisional calendar.
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