The 2009-2010 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season will begin with the Nitro SuperGP in Australia, it has been announced.

The event, which will take place on the streets of Surfers Paradise and which will run alongside the Australian V8 Supercars Championship Series, will be held from October 22-25.

The news follows confirmation that the 'Season Five' calendar has been approved by the FIA at this week's World Motor Sport Council Meeting in Paris. Ten dates have been submitted thus far, although A1GP chairman, Tony Teixeira added that the schedule may yet include one or two more.

No further details were released, although it is already known that Assen will join the fold for 'Season Five', replacing Zandvoort and provisionally pencilled in for May 14-16.

"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," Teixeira explained.

"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.

"Our plans for Season Five 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."

Meanwhile Nitro SuperGP general manager Greg Hooton said he is looking forward to hosting the A1GP on the streets of Surfers Paradise in the autumn.

"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," he added.

"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."

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