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Old 12 Nov 2008, 07:34   #16
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Wonder about programming! Maybe a day + night race meeting. Would that be cost effective? Hope A1 and V8 are flexible with their timetables..
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Old 12 Nov 2008, 21:38   #17
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Wonder about programming! Maybe a day + night race meeting. Would that be cost effective? Hope A1 and V8 are flexible with their timetables..

Most of all, I hope the local broadcaster of V8 racing is scrambling to secure the rights to A1 so that the V8's can a) show up and b) have something worth racing for.
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Whether the 7 network wants/gets rights to A1 is irrelevant.This year ESPN had Australian rights to Indycar series however the Surfers race was still shown on 7.As for the programming of the meeting V8 Supercars announced in September that at Surfers in 2009 they were moving from a 3 race format to a 2 race format(each race 200k's).Therefore they will run the first race on Saturday after A1 qualifying.On Sunday they will either start A1 relatively early (9am sprint) and run the V8 race after the feature or run the V8 race between the sprint and feature.I think the first scenario is probably more likely.
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Old 13 Nov 2008, 05:36   #19
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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.
I agree, we would have the same scenario with Germany and the DTM if the DTM was going to race on the same weekend as A1 GP or in say Japan where Super GT might race alongside A1. Both are national touring/GT car series and are very big in their own countries, outside however nobody really cares about what is going on with them especially when comparing to a major international series such A1 GP/F1/MotoGP/LMS etc. IMO of course.
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Old 13 Nov 2008, 06:41   #20
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I agree, we would have the same scenario with Germany and the DTM if the DTM was going to race on the same weekend as A1 GP or in say Japan where Super GT might race alongside A1. Both are national touring/GT car series and are very big in their own countries, outside however nobody really cares about what is going on with them especially when comparing to a major international series such A1 GP/F1/MotoGP/LMS etc. IMO of course.
It probably would have been a good model to follow actually, instead of going it alone. Joint meeting with ALMS in USA (stand alone Laguna Seca event in season one was a disaster), Super GT in Japan etc, would mean a lot more people would have been exposed to A1GP a lot earlier.
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I think this news is great. If anything it will bring some new people to the race and help build an Australian A1gp fan base. As much as I love Indy car im really excited about this.
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Old 13 Nov 2008, 08:10   #22
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Lets hope egos don't get in the way of this.. It could be a major event for both A1GP and V8's if they are both a little flexible.. A platform for A1 to gain exposure in front of OZ huge tin top fanatics, and a new widow for V8's to display their exciting series to the world..Often these ideas are spoilt but the one or both of the parties wanting to have everthing their way. Its needs both to work together to make the continued running at this high profile location viable.
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Maybe if this works they could carry the relationship further with joint efforts for NZ (Wellington) and an Asian(Indoneasian street)race in the future.. Makes it all more finacially viable
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It probably would have been a good model to follow actually, instead of going it alone. Joint meeting with ALMS in USA (stand alone Laguna Seca event in season one was a disaster), Super GT in Japan etc, would mean a lot more people would have been exposed to A1GP a lot earlier.
Oh I agree, my point was just that the series shoudnt be co headlining the weekend, but rather act as a support race which it undoubtedly is really. A1 GP is turning into a major international series, V8 supercars is just another national touring car series much like the BTCC/DTM/STCC etc.
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I'd be willing to say the A1 races are the support category for the V8's.
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Double headers are now common - it doesn't matter who is the lead - everyone will have a different opinion.

Wonder on the format of the weekend itself - on the Sunday is it likely they will go A1 sprint, final race v8s (the other on Sat), A1 feature -

or keep the v8s till last again...
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I'm betting the V8's will stay last. The organizers don't want to see half empty stands for the 'premire' race of the weekend.
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On a less cynical note the Taxis were dropped to aftre the Indy cars on Sunday because of the habit of the Coast in providing a late storm.
Americans in general did not like racing open wheelers in the rain.
Lets face it, a V8 Taxi is a better place to be in a rain or hail storm than in an open car.
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A1GP and the v8s are both classes as the main races. It was the same when Indycar was there.
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After a week or complaining about the loss of the "Indy" cars the Gold Coast Bulletin today has come on stream with a positive spin on the A1GP cars.
The magic word Ferrari has had a bit to do with that apparently.
They have also done a recall article on the original Benowa street circuit and talked to a few people who are in the know instead of just the knockers.
Roll on October next year, should be a great weekend.
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