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Old 10 Nov 2008, 19:20   #1
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Word from the bunker is that A1GP will take over from IRL as the feature open wheeler event at the annual October meeting as of next year.
TG wanted a date change and more money, and the Qld government asn't prepared to give him either.
A1GP om the coast will be something of a homecoming for Allan Jones I guess.
Sounds like a good deal to me, wider TV audiences for the Gold Coast promo, and we get tp watch Ferraris instead of Dallaras.
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Old 10 Nov 2008, 19:55   #2
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A1 GP at Surfers Paradise would be fantastic news for the series as well as for the circuit itself. The IRL put on a good show this year yes, but well its definately more of a american series than Champcar ever was and so perhaps the interests of the IRL are better represented in the US and perhaps Canada.

A1 GP on the other hand is much more of a world series which allready runs on some of the best circuits in the world and Surfers Paradise is in my opinion up amongst there with some of the best street circuits in the world and would definately be in keeping with the sort of image the A1 GP organisers are keen to promote.

Fingers crossed this turns out to be more than just rumor.
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It's being reported in the Australian press now; the deal is for five years from next October, due to be officially announced this week.
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Oh brilliant!!! That will be an amazing event!
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wooooo! I live in Surfers Paradise and i go to the races every year ever since i was 2 months old! I loved the IRL but A1GP will be heeps better! Cant wait!
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WooHoo! This is going to be awesome!
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Fantastic news for A1GP, Surfers is quite an event!
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What is the situation with V8 supercars... Programming etc...I think they are also there, Will V8's be support or equal status??? I imagine they willl support but can that be confirmed...

Great news, these are the sort of high profile events A1 needs to succeed.
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A1GP back in Oz, A1GP with a famous high-profile event - about time we had some good news for the series after all the recent doom and gloom!
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What is the situation with V8 supercars... Programming etc...I think they are also there, Will V8's be support or equal status??? I imagine they willl support but can that be confirmed...

Great news, these are the sort of high profile events A1 needs to succeed.
It would be insulting if V8's are not a support race. I know it's huge in Australia but A1GP is a global series with top drivers that will be promoting Australian tourism around the world.

It's is great news, and makes me wonder if all the recent doom and gloom has been a bit unjustified. I know the delay with the car was disappointing but as with Ferrari, I am sure the Queensland Govt. would have done some homework on A1GP's financial background before agreeing such a long term deal.
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It would be insulting if V8's are not a support race. I know it's huge in Australia but A1GP is a global series with top drivers that will be promoting Australian tourism around the world.

It's is great news, and makes me wonder if all the recent doom and gloom has been a bit unjustified. I know the delay with the car was disappointing but as with Ferrari, I am sure the Queensland Govt. would have done some homework on A1GP's financial background before agreeing such a long term deal.
Kiwi. I agree totally. However in past V8 Supercars have declined support status to F1, this year being paid a lot of money to support. They were paid as the year they ran without V8's the attendance figures did not make the event viable. Not sure of their attitude to A1, but would image they will be looking for a lot of money(which I hope Queensland Govt would pay). Would be very good if they were there as it would help to promote formula cars in OZ.. ie Clipsal V8 round attracts loads more fans than Aust GP.(maybe double!)
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As far as billing goes it will be equal status. The Taxis get the crowd, like it or not. The only debate in the bunker was whether to run the event as a stand alone V8SC with no supporting open wheelers. That was a no go as it would not hava attracted international TV, jut the same as running A1GP without the V8s would not attract the local attendance.
They support each other, let's leave it at that and hope the Ferrari racing quickly gets as close as the zytecs were.
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As far as billing goes it will be equal status. The Taxis get the crowd, like it or not. The only debate in the bunker was whether to run the event as a stand alone V8SC with no supporting open wheelers. That was a no go as it would not hava attracted international TV, jut the same as running A1GP without the V8s would not attract the local attendance.
They support each other, let's leave it at that and hope the Ferrari racing quickly gets as close as the zytecs were.
Yeah good points.
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