A great success for Sheikh Maktoum and his team After three test days at the Paul Ricard HTTT, the A1GP Teams are ready to start the first season of a series which already aroused a lot of enthusiasm as well with the media as with the general...
A great success for Sheikh Maktoum and his team
After three test days at the Paul Ricard HTTT, the A1GP Teams are ready to start the first season of a series which already aroused a lot of enthusiasm as well with the media as with the general public.
The new A1GP, founded by Sheikh Maktoum, gathers a maximum of 25 teams, each one standing for one and only country. It will take place in the winter time (September to April) over the five continents North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. A1 Grand Prix is thus the first ever existing World Cup of Motorsport.
Before the start next September 25th in Brand Hatch, 20 out of the 23 confirmed teams have come to the Paul Ricard HTTT to validate their settings and the logistics, on the one and only Test Track in the world.
Since 2004, The Paul Ricard HTTT has become a must for new automotive disciplines. For example, the GP2 Series made the complete car development and most of the official test sessions on the South of France circuit. The World Series by Renault and the new Megane Trophy did the same. Now it's the turn for A1GP to use the new Paul Ricard HTTT infrastructures, the new safety system and services to validate the cars and the global A1GP concept before its debut on race tracks.
During the three days, over 40 drivers at the wheels of 20 single-seaters. Day after day, the teams tested national drivers, and the drivers tested and validated the cars on the 2Dsc track solution, one of 180 possibilities. 16 000 km over three days in valuable weather conditions made the session a truly successful happening.
At the end, Sheikh Maktoum, A1GP founder, President and Chairman was truly happy: "It was a fantastic test session. The Paul Ricard HTTT is one of the best, if not THE best circuit in the world for testing. Staff, safety and service are wonderful. I really look forward to a new A1GP Test session here".
Paul Ricard HTTT President Philippe Gurdjian was very impressed by the quality of A1GP: "The reliability of this new car is really impressive, I am truly happy to see a new discipline come out this way. The organization, the quality and the dedication of A1 Grand Prix are exceptional, and as such, I congratulate warmly Sheikh Maktoum, who demonstrates a real know-how for the launch of a quite new concept. "