Inaugural A1GP Calendar Unveiled
The A1 Grand Prix’s first calendar has been confirmed and unveiled. In its inaugural year the A1GP will feature 24 races over 12 weekends. Teams from across the globe will compete on a level playing field across world-famous circuits and newly upgraded facilities. All cars will run on a standardised control tyre produced by Cooper Tire & Rubber.
Announcing the 2005/06 season calendar, A1 Grand Prix founder, president and chairman Sheikh Maktoum said: “I am delighted to confirm the race calendar for the first-ever World Cup of Motorsport. We have spoken to A1 Teams, national governments and most importantly our fans to produce a schedule that promises to deliver exciting, high-speed racing across every habitable continent. A1 Grand Prix is about making motorsport accessible, with affordable tickets to popular locations. To have up to 25 A1 race cars, each proudly presenting their national sponsors, competing at circuits in both developed and developing markets, will be a remarkable spectacle for both new and traditional race fans.”
Following the summer sun around the globe, A1 Grand Prix will deliver 12 weekends of racing action outside of the traditional motorsport season, kicking-off at Brands Hatch, Great Britain on 25 September 2005. This will be followed by races at:
EuroSpeedway, Lausitz, Germany on 9 October;
Circuito Estoril, Portugal, 23 October;
Eastern Creek, Sydney, Australia, 6 November;
Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, 20 November;
Dubai Autodrome, UAE, 11 December;
Sentul Circuit, Indonesia, 15 January 2006;
South Africa, 29 January 2006;
Autodromo Internacional de Curitiba, Brazil, 12 February;
Parque Fundidora Monterrey, Mexico, 26 February 2006;
Laguna Seca, California, USA, 19 March 2006;
Shanghai International Circuit, China 2 April 2006;
An announcement concerning the South African round is expected next week.