Eastern Creek: Series welcomed by NSW official

Minister welcomes the A1 Grand Prix of Nations to Sydney Monday 31 October 2005 -- Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Sandra Nori today welcomed Alan Jones, Formula 1 racing legend and Chairman of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations,...

Minister welcomes the A1 Grand Prix of Nations to Sydney

Monday 31 October 2005 -- Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Sandra Nori today welcomed Alan Jones, Formula 1 racing legend and Chairman of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Australia along with the Australian team in a sneak preview of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations at the Eastern Creek International Raceway today.

"It's exciting to see the cars competing in this weekend's event in action," she said.

"This is a great preview of both the cars and the Australian team which I am sure the people of Sydney will be getting behind on race day, this Sunday 6 November.

Ms Nori said that it was exciting for Sydney to be hosting the newest event on the world motor racing scene. The A1 Grand Prix of Nations was started by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum. Each driving team represents a country and drive exactly the same model car.

"Sydney is the natural city to hold the 'World Cup of Motorsports' and it's exciting to have such a fabulous new international event in Sydney.

"The global nature of the race will ensure world-wide coverage, with images of Sydney being transmitted across 50 countries, with 290 million potential viewers," she said.

Ms Nori said Sydney is fast becoming one of the world's best known big event cities.

"Our experience in hosting such events as the Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup makes Sydney the natural place to host the Australian leg of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations," she said.

The NSW Government has provided $400,000 to upgrade the Eastern Creek International Raceway to ensure that Sydney has the only permanent motor racing circuit in Australia with a level two international licence.

There are 12 races in the A1 Grand Prix of Nations. The first race was at Brands Hatch on 25 September 2005 and the series will conclude in Shanghai on 2 April 2006.

Tickets for the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Eastern Creek - November 4-6 - are on sale through Ticketmaster from just $20 -- contact Ticketmaster on 136100, via the web www.ticketmaster.com.au or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

Note: Release from The Hon. Sandra Nori MP - NSW Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation

-ICON International Communications

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series A1GP
Drivers Alan Jones , Sheikh Maktoum