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PostPosted: 03 Aug 2009, 17:58  
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London, Great Britain: As the momentum continues to build ahead of Season Five of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Dutch fans are about to get their glimpse of the A1GP Powered By Ferrari car in Assen where the series will race for the first time on 14-16 May 2010.

The Dutch, who have proved one of the most enthusiastic and loyal set of fans, will be able to see the car of A1 Team Netherlands at the annual Rizla Racing Day at the world famous TT Circuit Assen on Sunday 9 August.

The event provides a unique atmosphere for race fans who get free access to the finest grand stands and enjoy a full day’s car, motorcycle and superkart racing and stunts.

A1 Team Australia’s John Martin, the driver most likely to be in the Australian cockpit for the Nitro SuperGP this October, took victory in the Superleague Formula event at Donington Park in Britain yesterday (2 August).

Martin won the finale event for the top six of the weekend, which is held between the top three from the two races held over the weekend with Martin qualifying for the race via a second place. The victory was British team Glasgow Rangers maiden Superleague Formula victory.

A1 Team Australia seat holder Alan Jones said he was pleased to see Martin take the win as the countdown to this October’s Nitro SuperGP continues.

“John is certainly fulfilling the expectations which we have all had of him,” said Jones.

“He is proving that he is getting better and better and stronger as a driver, and the miles he is doing in Europe and these wins will help his confidence and of course bode well for his next outing in the A1 Team Australia car.”

The Nitro SuperGP is produced through a partnership between the Queensland Government and IMG - tickets for this year’s event are on sale now through Ticketek.

For all the latest ticket information visit the event’s website www.SuperGP.com. From a one day General Admission ticket to a four-day Platinum Grandstand seat, the Nitro SuperGP has ticket options to suit every style and pocket. See www.SuperGP.com for all ticketing information, terms and conditions and prices.

At the last round of the Firestone Indy Lights series, the Firestone Indy Lights Grand Prix of Edmonton (25 July), A1 Team USA’s J.R. Hildebrand took his third win of the season to remain out in front in the championship standings.

"We were running our own pace and I think the other guys started to fall off a little bit,” said Hildebrand. “I was just trying to run the same lap time from start to end and the car came to me a little bit as the tires went off, so I didn't have to take too many risks to accomplish that. We were able to bring home another win. It's a great circuit. It keeps you on your toes from top to bottom and front to back. I'm happy for the guys. We had a frustrating weekend at Toronto, but everyone did a great job this weekend."

A1GP pit lane commentator James Hinchcliffe finished fourth, his fifth top-five finish of the season.

Several Firestone Indy Lights competitors also paid tribute to Formula 2 driver Henry Surtees, the son of former A1 Team Great Britain principal John Surtees, with a memorial decal on their cars.

The idea was sparked by British drivers Martin Plowman and Pippa Mann, who knew the 18-year-old who died following an accident while racing at Brands Hatch, England on 19 July.

Earlier this month Hinchcliffe claimed his fourth third-place finish this season at his home event, the Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto, 12 July. Hildebrand finished second behind Sebastian Saavedra.

Current A1GP World Champion Ireland’s star driver Adam Carroll is also continuing to be sought after as he decides what the future holds for him. He spent last weekend in Hungary putting his talents to good use acting as driver coach to iSport’s Giedo van der Garde. The Dutchman went on to score his maiden GP2 Series win in Sunday’s sprint race at the Hungaroring after finishing 7th in Saturday’s race.

The 26-year-old racer from Northern Ireland is naturally seeking a move to Formula 1 or IRL for 2010 and has recently been rumoured to be linked to a drive with the newly created Manor Grand Prix.

A1 Team Malaysia helped keep visitors entertained at the Indonesia Motorshow in Jakarta this week with the team’s race simulator appearing on the Proton stand. A1 Team Malaysia has a close relationship with commercial partner, Proton, who were at the show for the international launch of the new Proton Exora MPV vehicle.

The team’s simulator has proved to be a popular vehicle on the Proton stand with team member Tomy Mathen George, on hand to help the budding A1GP drivers get to grips with the challenge of driving a highly sophisticated racing car. George has also been kept busy giving stand visitors more information on A1 Team Malaysia and the A1GP Series.

Mathen George says of his trip to the Indonesia Motor Show in Jakarta, “There has been plenty of interest in our team and no shortage of people wanting to try their hand at driving a racing car. I think it has been a very worthwhile addition to the Proton display and has encouraged visitors to take a closer look at the Proton range of cars. I’ve enjoyed meeting many fans of the team and I hope that they will be supporting us in the next season of racing which starts again later this year.”

A1 Team Malaysia has proudly displayed the Proton logo on its race car and team uniforms since the launch of the A1GP Series in 2005. Since this time the team has supported Proton at many events, including drivers participating in a launch at the Australian Motor Show.

Owen Leed, Commercial Director, A1 Team Malaysia explains, “We are always keen to add value to our commercial partnerships and our presence at this Motor Show with the team’s simulator is a very appropriate marketing opportunity for both the team and Proton. We can draw visitors to the Proton stand with our interactive display chassis, while also promoting the car manufacturer’s links with our international racing team, which represents Malaysia in the nation versus nation championship.”

src: Media Release

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 Post subject: Re: A1GP News and Updates
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2009, 17:45  
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Is S5 actually going ahead?

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 Post subject: Re: A1GP News and Updates
PostPosted: 04 Aug 2009, 18:04  
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I think so ... ATM tv coverage penetration is huge problem. Also they have to add few more historic tracks ..sadly Bernie will block that :(

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 Post subject: A1 Team Netherlands Thrill the Crowds in Assen
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London, Great Britain. The Dutch fans had their first glimpse of the A1GP Powered by Ferrari car at the Rizla Racing Day in Assen this weekend (Sunday 9 August) ahead of Season Five.

The series will head to the TT Circuit Assen to race for the first time on 14-16 May 2010, but last Sunday the Dutch,who have proved one of the most enthusiastic and loyal set of fans, had their first taste of A1GP around the world famous circuit.

At the annual Rizla Racing Day, A1 Team Netherlands star Jeroen Bleekemolen put the car through its paces for some demonstration laps and donuts, much to the delight of the cheering crowds.

A1 Team Netherlands seat holder Jan Lammers was on hand to see all the action:

"What a delight to hear the sound of our Powered by Ferrari engine start up. After the summer break we couldn't wait to get started again. The Rizla Racing Day was another great display of the never fading enthusiasm of our Dutch fans. Jeroen Bleekemolen got them to put their hands together again as they applauded the spectacular demonstration that he did for them.

“The A1GP organisation is finalising what I think will be a great calendar with the first A1GP event at Surfers Paradise on October 25. What better place could there be to start our fifth season.”

Talking about his home event next season he continued: “The A1GP event in Assen on May 16, 2010 is only nine months away and ticket sales have already picked up. Sponsorship and driver negotiations for A1 Team Netherlands are well underway and progressing nicely. A1GP is still the coolest concept and best thing that has ever happened to motorsport so with great ambition we are looking forward to taking on the world again and fighting for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport"

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 Post subject: Re: A1GP News and Updates
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^ thats the only car racing this season :lol: team gbr and nzl have pulled out

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 Post subject: Re: A1GP News and Updates
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From Round 6 onwards, the car of GBR was run by mechanics and engineers employed by the series itself, with pit-stops carried out by the German team.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/fina ... talls.html

also, nzl is rumours but probably will pull out.

the ferrari chassis screwed the series really

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 Post subject: Re: A1GP News and Updates 8/21/2009 - 11:12 PM
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London, Great Britain .With just nine weeks to go before the first race of Season Five of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, the first construction milestone was reached in Australia ahead of the SuperGP on the streets of Surfers Paradise, 22-25 October.

The first steps in the construction for the this October’s event have been completed this week with the positioning of the first pedestrian bridge near Tedder Avenue

SuperGP General Manager Greg Hooton and Event Director David Bennett were joined on the Gold Coast Highway today by reigning TW Steel Miss SuperGP Mareika van den Berg in celebration of this milestone, and also unveiled the plans for the new pit facility which will be in place for this year’s event.

Hooton said he was pleased to be able to celebrate the beginning of construction and show the new plans, with business as usual for Australia’s Premier Motorsport event.

“It is really exciting to see the event moving forward into this next important stage of its development,” said Hooton.

“Already construction is surging ahead, and as the days count down to this year’s SuperGP I am sure everyone will see that it is business as usual for our four-day, four-night festival on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

The SuperGP street circuit is considered by many as one of the top three street circuits in the world.

“It is a significant achievement to convert a thriving and bustling commercial and recreational district into a motor racing circuit, able to facilitate more than 250,000 people and high-speed motor racing action,” said Bennett.

Over the next two months leading into the SuperGP, the construction schedule will include:
    • 2515 concrete barriers (10km) weighing 4 tonne each
    • 8500 grandstand seats
    • 10km debris fencing
    • 16km security fencing
    • 7 pedestrian bridges
    • 4 over-track signs
    • 5 big screens
    • 500 televisions
    • 100 corporate suites
    • 190 temporary sheds, containers & reefers
    • 6000 man hours of electrical reticulation
    • 100km of cabling
    • 1 International Standard Temporary Outside Broadcast Compound
    • 700 trackside marshals (fire marshals, trackside, flag, communications, spectator, etc.)
    • 700 officials (gates, grandstands, corporate suites, info booths, accreditation centre, media centre, etc.)
    • 6000 Permanent residents inside track precinct

Gold Coast based company IEDM are instrumental in overseeing the extensive build procedure ensuring that the event is delivered on time and on budget.

Information and tickets for the October 22-25 event are available at http://www.SuperGP.com.

A1GP drivers and team members have been in racing action over the last month, keeping busy despite the A1GP summer break.

Current A1GP champion, A1 Team Ireland’s Adam Carroll was invited to join GT Driver Richard Dean, Tottenham Hotspur Superleague Driver Craig Dolby and Ginetta Junior racer Jordon Williams last Wednesday (12 August) to take part in a two-hour endurance kart race arranged by Sound Moves, the U2 production department.

As expected, the professional racers beat the other 13 teams by 11 laps but everyone taking part had a great evening at the F1 Karting track at Colnbrook, UK. Adam Carroll set the fastest lap of the race, beating Richard Dean by 1000th of a second to win a donation to the charity of his choice with Carroll selecting Help for Heroes.

The drivers were also invited to watch U2 play at Wembley Stadium by the band’s Production Manager Jake Berry last weekend.

A1GP drivers also had some success at the last round of the Firestone Indy Lights series, Firestone Mid-Ohio 100 last weekend (9 August).

A1GP pit lane commentator James Hinchcliffe claimed his best result in 12 races to finish second on the podium. He closed in on eventual winner James Davison but couldn’t find a way through in the closing stages.

"It's just so tough to pass here," said Hinchcliffe. "I think we took a couple laps longer to get up to speed, but once we did the first half of race we were right on his gearbox. I was kind of hoping he get into a mistake, but I must have used up too much of my tires running around in the dirty air there, so we sort of lost pace there at the end.

"Still a great day; we finally broke the third place streak we had going and make it one step higher. Now we've got one to go. Three races to do it; one more step to go."

The next race will be at Infineon Raceway on 23 August and will be a home race for current championship leader J.R. Hildebrand.

A1 Team USA’s rookie driver Hildebrand stretched his points lead to 63 by finishing third last weekend.

"I feel okay; the session was hit or miss depending on when you were on track. The track was hard to get used to, it was really wet when we first went out and then dry at the end of the session. Assuming it's dry tomorrow, we will be able to work with the car in the actual conditions at the time. I know there is some left in me and some left in the car, so we should be strong come tomorrow."

In only his second Indy Lights race, A1 Team Brazil driver Felipe Guimarães put in another strong performance for Bryan Herta Autosport to finish fourth.

While competing in the USA, Felipe Guimarães is keeping himself busy living in Indianapolis this summer. In between competing in select rounds of the Firestone Indy Lights series he has been keeping up a strict fitness programme which sees him train twice a day as well as setting off smoke alarms when attempting to cook for himself! He has also taken the opportunity to go watch some NASCAR racing and an oval IRL race for the first time.

The 18-year-old claimed a podium on his Indy Lights debut finishing third at Watkins Glen on 4 July, the site of Emerson Fittipaldi’s first ever Formula One victory in 1970.

A1 Team Malaysia team members returned to the Sepang race track on 24-25 July, using the A1GP season break to keep in race trim, in a test of stamina and reliability. The tenth running of the annual Merdeka Millennium Endurance 12-hour race was the racing challenge taken on and it proved to be both hard work and very rewarding for the team members.

A1 Team Malaysia was represented in the cockpit by Aaron Lim driving for the Honda Malaysia Racing Team (HMRT), alongside former data engineer for Malaysia’s A1GP team, Reuben Wong.

Key A1 Team Malaysia crew members joined the Cartrade team fielding a Lotus 2 Eleven in the event, with Tengku Djan Ley taking on the role of Team Manager, Shanker Ramachandran leading the crew as Chief Mechanic, Hairul Ezwan assisting as No.2 Mechanic and Azrai Razuan supporting as PR co-ordinator.

A1 Team Malaysia mechanics Ramachandran and Ezwan had been seconded to race car preparation company, Proton R3, to ready the Lotus 2 Eleven entered by Cartrade Abt Motorsport. Tengku Djan Ley led the assault with a trio of driving brothers, Helmi Ilyas, Adam Ilyas and Fahmi Ilyas taking turns behind the wheel for the event.

Fahmi Ilyas has a connection to A1 Team Malaysia, as the young driver is coached and managed by Aaron Lim when Aaron is not taken up with A1GP driving duties.

In addition to the team members working throughout the weekend, Fairuz Fauzy was on hand to give his support to all the A1 Team Malaysia members taking part in the event, along with Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive and Owen Leed, Commercial Director.

The Cartrade Lotus 2 Eleven entry ran into problems early in the race weekend with an engine problem in practice which demanded an engine change. Ramachandran and Ezwan had to work throughout the night to complete the task, and their efforts were rewarded with third fastest qualifying lap in their class, 14th overall of the 43 car grid.

The team’s problems returned during the race, with a mix of technical issues which lost them time and added to the challenge of the endurance event. However, the team battled through the challenges to secure fourth place in class at the chequered flag, behind the No.77 Aston Martin with the pit crew led by A1 Team Malaysia’s Mathen George.

Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive, A1 Team Malaysia said of the team members’ weekend efforts, “It was very gratifying to walk down the pit lane at Sepang and see so many of our team members participating in the Merdeka Millennium Endurance 12hr race. Their experience with our team has placed them in high demand to work with other top teams and it is hugely beneficial for us to have our staff keeping race fit and putting their skills into practice while we are between A1GP seasons.”

A1 Team Malaysia drivers Fairuz Fauzy and Aaron Lim also made their big screen debut last week with the first airing of two new PLUS public service announcements which started to screen at local movie theatres. The A1 Team Malaysia commercial partner is at the forefront of road safety campaigns and the team was delighted to help with their latest advertisements.

Fauzy features in a campaign to encourage drivers to wear their seatbelts. Fauzy says of the campaign, “PLUS plays a very important role in road safety and encouraging drivers to drive more safely. I was very pleased to be able to be part of this new campaign which focuses on the necessity to wear a seatbelt when driving. I know just how important it is to buckle up correctly, whether it is in a road car or my A1 Team Malaysia A1GP car. In the event of an accident a seatbelt can be a life saver and minimise injury, so it is sensible, as well as legally compulsory, to adhere to the advice that PLUS is communicating through this advertisement.”

The second public service announcement centres on bad driving habits and features Lim.

Lim said of his role in the advertisement, “I am very proud to be part of this new PLUS campaign. Safety is key in driving, whether it is on the road or the race track, so it is very close to my heart. The announcement with which I was involved demonstrated the importance of safety by highlighting the potential outcomes of poor driving standards and skills. I hope that the young drivers of Malaysia will heed the advice given by PLUS and help to reduce the number of accidents and injuries on our roads.”

The public service announcements are now playing in movie theatres in Malaysia and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/a1teammalaysia.

A1 Team Malaysia crew members, along with the rest of the A1GP teams on the grid, will soon be regrouping to resume their A1GP duties and prepare for the fifth season of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

src: A1GP PR

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From Round 6 onwards, the car of GBR was run by mechanics and engineers employed by the series itself, with pit-stops carried out by the German team.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/fina ... talls.html

also, nzl is rumours but probably will pull out.

the ferrari chassis screwed the series really



Why?
Too expensive? Or no good on track battles possible with?

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