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Old 17 Nov 2008, 21:42 (Ref:2336630)   #1
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Season five (2009-2010) Calender

The site of the Zandvoort city counsel shows that at October 17th 2008, an application was placed to hold the 2009 A1GP Zandvoort round at September 20th 2009.

Given the date, it's very likely that once again, Zandvoort is opening the season.

I will see you all there (better start booking now)
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Old 18 Nov 2008, 03:09 (Ref:2336759)   #2
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Excellent.
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Old 18 Nov 2008, 13:17 (Ref:2336961)   #3
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Is it just me, or has there been plenty of good news and confirmations about Season 5 already? I can't remember so many rounds being talked about this time last year at any rate?
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Old 18 Nov 2008, 16:54 (Ref:2337073)   #4
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Nope, last year, we only knew Zandvoort and expected Sepang at this stage

BTW, A1 doesn't like it that this news is allready out, but er.. they have to learn they can't control everything :P
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Old 18 Nov 2008, 21:36 (Ref:2337233)   #5
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By the way, has it been discussed already that A1GP signed a deal with the Chinese to have two races per year for the next five years? It is mentioned in last week's Autosport.
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Have not heard that but it would not surprise me.
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Old 19 Nov 2008, 04:03 (Ref:2337394)   #7
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By the way, has it been discussed already that A1GP signed a deal with the Chinese to have two races per year for the next five years? It is mentioned in last week's Autosport.
If this is true, then I surely hope one of the rounds will return to Zhuhai. Guangdong-HK-Macau is a very good market.
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If this is true, then I surely hope one of the rounds will return to Zhuhai. Guangdong-HK-Macau is a very good market.
Could not agree more, the A1GP people were pleasantly surprised last season by both the enthusiasm and how close Zhuhai is to HK. Idea was going to be to invite Ferrari owners from HK for a joint event, I wonder if that idea still exists.
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Old 19 Nov 2008, 18:26 (Ref:2337784)   #9
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why not do something totally crazy and go to Macau too Surely between F3 and WTCC they can find a spot.

The car did testlaps last year
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why not do something totally crazy and go to Macau too Surely between F3 and WTCC they can find a spot.

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A demo is one thing but for racing the hill sections of the circuit are a squeeze even for F3. I'd be amazed if the FIA would approve it for A1GP/GP2 level cars.

A race in Zhuhai with a preeceding demo in Macau for publicity however is a great idea. From downtown Macau it is a 10-15 minute taxi to the border, where you walk across to Zhuhai, and a further 45 min taxi ride to the Zhuhai circuit, so it's not far.
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Old 20 Nov 2008, 02:46 (Ref:2338098)   #11
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Macau is a Grade 4 circuit, formula cars with more than 2,000cc cannot race there. An F1 Jordan also did a demo in Macau, but obviously it was never going to host an F1 race.

Only problem is that A1 Team China really needs to improve its performances this season.
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At least Macau would be less bumpy and dusty than Chengdu...
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In the Autosport A1GP report, Tony Teixeira was reported to said A1GP will not race at Chengdu again.

So that just leaves two circuits qualified to run A1GP races: Zhuhai and Shanghai. But F1 is now in Shanghai in April which means A1GP cannot go there at the same time.

Tentative 2009-10 Calendar:

Sept Zandvoort
Oct Surfers Paradise
Nov Sepang
Dec Zhuhai
Jan New Zealand
Feb Indonesia
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I do hope for 1 round between Zandvoort and Surfer's. I heard Germany is still interested. In that respect it's too bad they lost the Czech team (and Brno)
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In the Autosport A1GP report, Tony Teixeira was reported to said A1GP will not race at Chengdu again.

So that just leaves two circuits qualified to run A1GP races: Zhuhai and Shanghai. But F1 is now in Shanghai in April which means A1GP cannot go there at the same time.

Tentative 2009-10 Calendar:

Sept Zandvoort
Oct Surfers Paradise
Nov Sepang
Dec Zhuhai
Jan New Zealand
Feb Indonesia
A1GP is totally underwhelmed by the lack of enthusiam in Shanghai, I'd expect Zhuhai + an attempt at a street circuit somewhere.

It would make sense to move New Zealand next to Surfers and Indonesia next to Sepang or Zhuhai.

Surfers Paridise is Oct 22-25, 2009.

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