FIA GT Championship expects greater things in Zhuhai in 2005 The Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC) today announced at a press conference that the FIA GT Championship will return to the circuit on 21-23 October 2005. Zhuhai vice mayor Ms. Den...
FIA GT Championship expects greater things in Zhuhai in 2005
The Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC) today announced at a press conference that the FIA GT Championship will return to the circuit on 21-23 October 2005.
Zhuhai vice mayor Ms. Den Qiong Fang, ZIC general manager Mr. Joe Lim and SRO boss Mr. Stephane Ratel all made speeches at the press conference, held at the circuit in front of over 100 journalists.
"All the race officials, teams and drivers were very happy with the circuit. They were happy to be here last year, it was a great way to end the championship." Mr. Stephane Ratel said. "The best proof of the success of that event is that, just two months later, the Championship and Event promoters are back here to sign a new agreement, for a further round, to be held later this year."
"Ten years ago, I was the first man to introduce international motorsport to Zhuhai, I am glad that ten years on I am still here. I hope that I will still be here in another ten years time and by then, who knows, maybe we'll have a Chinese team winning the championship." Mr. Ratel added.
When asked about it, Mr. Ratel also mentioned that Aston Martin and Chevrolet are both likely to join the championship in 2005, while Nissan will also have a more significant presence in the GT2 category.
ZIC President Dato' Lim Hock San said, "The success of the FIA GT Championship last year gave the staff at ZIC great encouragement. Not only did the event promote Zhuhai to the world, it also strengthened the organization and management of the circuit. We hope to present the 2005 FIA GT Championship â^a" China Round perfectly to the local and overseas fans."
Ms. Den Qiong Fang promised to provide all the support necessary from the seaside city. She explains that the staging of the world-class event has helped Zhuhai to gain more exposure in the international community and it helps in the promotion of tourism to Zhuhai.
Mr. Joe Lim was understandably enthusiastic about the exciting prospects the championship brings to the circuit. The 2004 event attracted massive media coverage in China - including the Hong Kong and Macau SARs â^a" and internationally. He believes the return of the championship in 2005 will generate even greater interest in ZIC once again.
During the signing ceremony, ZIC President Dato' Lim Hock San signed the promotional contract with Mr. Ratel; ZIC Director of the Board Mr. Wang Gang Bo signed the race contract with FASC vice-chairman Chen Xue Zong, therefore formally appointing ZIC to be the host and promoter of the 2005 FIA GT Championship â^a" China Round.
After the ceremony, popular Taiwan entertainment celebrity Jimmy Lin was appointed "ZIC Motorsports Promotion Ambassador" by ZIC Executive Vice President Ms. Cynthia Lim.
-Zhuhai International Circuit Ltd.