London, Great Britain.The Season Five Calendar for A1GP World Cup of Motorsport has been approved by the FIA at this week's World Motorsport Council Meeting. Ten dates have been submitted, starting with the first race of the 2009/10 season, the Nitro SuperGP in Australia on 22-25 October.
"We are in a totally different position to most series as we straddle two calendar years. This makes announcing a calendar with all its dates and venues more challenging. However, we are well advanced with all our Season Five contracts, and for those we have yet to make public have plans to announce them with events in the specific countries," said A1GP Chairman, Tony Teixeira.
The two races announced to date are completely new events in the Gold Coast and Assen, but the series will also include some of the traditional A1GP events. "Our plans include some very exciting new venues that I can assure the teams and the fans will be very popular. While at the moment we have submitted a ten race calendar, I am hopeful of adding one or two more dates in the coming months," added Teixeira.
Nitro SuperGP General Manager Greg Hooton said he looked forward to hosting the A1GP on the streets of Surfers Paradise come October.
"It is fantastic to be the first event of the 2009/2010 A1GP season, and everyone here is looking forward to hosting the World Cup of Motorsport on the Gold Coast," said Hooton.
"The A1GP will join the Australian V8 Supercars Championship Series as the co-headline act at the world's premiere motorsport festival, the Nitro SuperGP, which is enjoying its 19 consecutive year in 2009."