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Old 5 Jul 2010, 15:44 (Ref:2722203)   #1
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A1GP - Oh jeez, not that one again?

http://www.autosport.com/news/grapevine.php/id/85015

Looks like someone's setting sail for fail with this one, although a setup where they don't continually bail out the teams could be less unviable. I still think A1GP was not a good way of having a nations cup in motorsport, although the right way would probably need strong FIA involvement.
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Old 5 Jul 2010, 16:24 (Ref:2722227)   #2
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Old 5 Jul 2010, 16:31 (Ref:2722231)   #3
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Old 5 Jul 2010, 20:55 (Ref:2722352)   #4
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For some reason my natural cynicism always gets deflected around A1GP. I've always thought it was a decent concept, with some great drivers and good racing - I still think there is a viable series in there somewhere.

Bloody typical of my cynical nature really.
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Old 5 Jul 2010, 21:08 (Ref:2722360)   #5
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It was a good basic concept (the concept of having some form of nations cup), but the problem was what A1GP did with the rest of the thing.

There were some good drivers, but there problem is that the best racing drivers tend to come from a few countries (some of whom weren't even represented in A1GP), meaning that there were number of consistently weak nations, which have practically no talent pool to draw from. Some of those drivers were simply not of the required calibre. That's why it would be better to have 10-12 2/3 car teams rather than however many one car teams.

I agree that the basic concept is a good one, but not much more than that. Any attempt at that concept wouldn't need the A1 name, the A1 cars, the other bits of A1. It would need, however, direct running by the FIA.
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Old 5 Jul 2010, 21:21 (Ref:2722365)   #6
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Never mind the concept (which I thought was pants), look at the fun and racing (two different things) which the meetings produced.

Nice looking cars and a great sound. Hope they succeed.

(How about a date at the re-opened Donington then?)

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the right way would probably need strong FIA involvement.
That's not a phrase you read very often. I thought only when all other possibilites are exhausted should you ask the FIA.
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Yes please! Quite a few of the rounds had really good crowds, Zaandvoort, Brands Hatch, Kyalami etc, with a few others getting there, such as Malaysia and Mexico. I therefore still believe it could be viable.

Would be nice to see some of the better franchise holders from before get the first opportunity though, such as Ireland and New Zealand, as long as they can finance their teams. No need for the Alan Joneses and Emerson Fittipaldis who did nothing however.

I miss it, hope we can see it back.
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i don't see why they can't do some sort of shared ownership with superleague. a new a1gp series gets the cars in the winter and the superleague teams get them in the summer. teams can run both series so they can keep team members employed all year round.
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i don't see why they can't do some sort of shared ownership with superleague. a new a1gp series gets the cars in the winter and the superleague teams get them in the summer. teams can run both series so they can keep team members employed all year round.
Makes sense but I doubt superleague would let that happen.

I'm a fan of Superleague and enjoy the races but I have a hard time seeing A1 come back and make it as well in this economic climate. I don't know that there is the room for it anymore.
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That's not a phrase you read very often. I thought only when all other possibilites are exhausted should you ask the FIA.
I think any credible attempt at a world cup of motorsport would need to get the ASNs involved, which would really need the FIA. It's like what would have happened if someone tried to set up the Rugby World Cup without the backing of the IRB.

The FIA running it could also open more doors. It would also mean that instead of being a regular series, it could be an annual one-off event, which is far more realistic if you want to create a bona fide nations cup type event that can be taken seriously.

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i don't see why they can't do some sort of shared ownership with superleague. a new a1gp series gets the cars in the winter and the superleague teams get them in the summer. teams can run both series so they can keep team members employed all year round.
The thing is Superleague Formula already run a long series, they're currently scheduled to run from April to October. The A1GP season often went in to those months. Unless, of course, Superleague knock their expansion plans on the head. They've been talking about racing outside Europe for over a year ...
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Jim W, does this mean you didn't like it?.... (which I thought was pants),

Sorry, sometimes I'm a bit numbty with translations ;}
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It won't happen. A souffle can only rise once.
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Jim W, does this mean you didn't like it?.... (which I thought was pants),
Yes; sorry it's a local vernacular for "not very good really" or some such.

(Two nations divided by a common language, only I'm sure that Churchill or whoever (opinion is divided) had rather more high flown expressions in mind.)

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The thing is Superleague Formula already run a long series, they're currently scheduled to run from April to October. The A1GP season often went in to those months. Unless, of course, Superleague knock their expansion plans on the head. They've been talking about racing outside Europe for over a year ...
well to be honest my thoughts are that instead of expanding the superleague concept, they shrink the series and then buy the rights to a1gp. they have a ready made setup so there's no extra costs there. plenty of commercial contacts. there's already a good base of people who will watch a1gp, and the superleague cars are just as epic as the old a1gp ones.
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