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GT Championship heads for S’pore?

In blog on October 24, 2007 at 7:46 am

First F1, now Republic could host one leg of motorsport’s endurance series

Tan Yo-Hinn
yohinn@mediacorp.com.sg

TODAY Exclusive
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SINGAPORE will host its first Formula 1 race on Sept 28, 2008.
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And if all goes according to plan, the Republic will host one leg of the FIA’s Grand Touring 1 (GT1) Championship in 2009.
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GT1 category cars, like the Aston Martin DBR9, Maserati MC 12 and Lamborghini Murciélago, have an average brake horsepower of 630bhp. Each race lasts about two hours, ranging from 58 laps to 95 laps, depending on venue and conditions.
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C2 Associates, a Singapore-based motorsports marketing and development company, have secured exclusive rights with SRO Motorsports Group to bring the event to Singapore.


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The FIA GT Championship is an endurance motorsport race run by the SRO Motorsports Group since 1997.
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Speaking to Today, Colin Ong, a partner in C2 Associates, said: “C2 Associates have secured an exclusive agreement with SRO Motorsports Group.
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“Our task is to put everything together, such as logistics and sponsorship, so that the FIA GT Championship can come to Singapore as soon as possible.”
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This year’s championship featured 10 legs beginning in Zhuhai, China (March 24-25) — the only non-European stop — to the season-ending race in Zolder, Belgium (Oct 20-21).
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Italian Thomas Biagi won the drivers’ championship, Germany’s Vitaphone Racing took the team crown and Maserati the manufacturers’ title.
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When contacted, FIA GT championship manager Cyrille Taesch-Wahlen said: “SRO is considering various options for its future overseas events and there are already ongoing talks with promoters in Australia and China as well. But Singapore is a very serious possible destination for the FIA GT Championship.
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“Yes, there are plans to bring a round of the championship to Singapore.
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“The main target is to bring the top class (GT1) of the FIA GT Championship to Singapore.”
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Right now, Singapore does not have a permanent track to hold the race. But it is believed there are plans for a permanent motor-racing track to be built at East Coast Parkway near Changi Naval Base.
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FIA GT races require the minimum circuit length to be 3.5km with a road width of 10 metres.
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“It takes time to properly prepare and organise an international motorsport event,” said Taesch-Wahlen. “We also need to choose the right track venue, be it temporary or permanent.
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“Should the venue be confirmed before the end of 2007, we will be ready to organise the first FIA GT race in Singapore from 2009 onwards.”
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Taesch-Wahlen believes the Formula 1 Grand Prix and GT race will complement each other.
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“The FIA GT Championship embodies the top of GT racing in the world and it would be nice for Singapore to have the F1 and GT in its motor racing portfolio,” he said.
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“The chance is really serious as both SRO and C2 Associates want to see this happen. Furthermore, if there is a strong chance of a permanent race track being built in Singapore, it leads to a better possibility for us.”
First F1, now Republic could host one leg of motorsport’s endurance series

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