A1GP » Hooton attempts to play down rumours

Greg Hooton, general manager of the Nikon SuperGP, responds to rumours that the A1GP event at Surfers Paradise is in danger of falling through

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Commodore S - Unregistered

October 15, 2009 11:57 AM

Firstly Anna Bligh is the premier of QLD. Paul Lucas is a cabinet member.
Greg in his statement places a strong emphasis on the V8 Paddock.
IMG may be in place to protect the taxpayer but what about the ticket purchaser who may not experience the full event as anticipated.
Greg I think has also been listening to supposition in lieu of definitive facts.
If their were any fears that A1GP will not appear why are all the interested parties nervous.
Teams if required are seeking Visas. Why now and not before.

Tell us Greg when are A1Gp in breach.

What about the test period and FIA criteria which has to be met.

The cars have been impounded since May how can they be deemed ready.

A song for Greg - Unregistered

October 15, 2009 12:33 PM

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Goose - Unregistered

October 15, 2009 1:30 PM

Commodore S with the FIA stuff they dont have to happen with the first 2 rounds as they are in 2009 but in 2010 they have to do the upgrades i dont think the test isnt happening anymore either

Commodore S - Unregistered

October 15, 2009 2:29 PM

Whilst I respect your view even the home website of A1GP acknowledges the cars do not meet FIA standards such as side intrution bars etc. Our safety admin CAMS will not allow the cars on any circuit until upgrades are completed to standard.
I do not wish to be cynical in any manner but I really can not see how the time frame is sufficient for the cars to be present at event.
As for a test period any driver/team would insist upon this given the cars have been impounded for such a period. It just makes commonsense from a safety aspect.
Surfers is a street circuit with no room for error otherwise concrete awaits.


Commodore S - Unregistered

October 16, 2009 10:32 AM

Unfortunately We do not fit within the Indy calender. They terminated their association in 2008.
The QLD Govt in their wisdom chose to go down the road of A1GP against the advice of the Motorsport Fraternity. What the Surfers Promoters wanted was overseas exposure to highlight the Gold Coast and seen A1GP as the path with the event underwritten by IMG MEDIA who would control overseas T.V viewing.
Well the whole aspect has now blown up in their faces.

V8 Supercars who were sharing the event have now instigated damage control and are also aligned to IMG Media. The V8 Supercar Industry is our pinnacle Motorsport category who are lush with funds.

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