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Hooton attempts to play down cancellation 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
The general manager of the Nikon SuperGP, Greg Hooton, has attempted to quash reports the A1GP event at Surfers Paradise is in danger of falling through.

The World Cup of Motorsport is set to fill the void left by the IndyCar Series' decision not to compete in Australia this season, with the nation versus nation championship running alongside the domestic V8 Supercar Championship as part of the race weekend.

Despite assurances from A1GP that the event would go ahead has planned, reports from the Gold Coast have now called the event into question – with the Gold Coast News stating that the cars have yet to leave British soil after the FIA ordered safety modifications to be made prior to the start of the season.

Brisbane airport is also reported to have denied having any bookings in place for the aircraft expected to carry the cars to Australia, where they were due to undergo a test at Queensland Raceway early next week.

While admitting that there were plenty of rumours doing the rounds, Hooton insisted that A1GP isn't yet in breach of any contracts and was continuing to work towards its cars being on the grid for the race next weekend.

“I need to make it clear that this event is happening next week,” he said. “Do not lose sight of the fact that I'm standing in V8 Pit Lane where next week the V8 Supercars will for the first time ever have two, 200km races. The V8 Supercars are absolutely a major aspect of this event and will be here in force next week.

“There are certainly rumours surrounding the appearance of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at the Nikon SuperGP at this time, there is no question about that. At this point in time, I need to make clear that A1GP has not breached any terms of contract with Gold Coast Motor Events Company.



“The current situation is as follows:

“Operational staff within A1GP continue to work with our staff on preparing for their race.



“A1GP have released their teams list. I have letters from the competing teams committing to racing on the Gold Coast. A1GP have paid deposits on accommodation. 



“A1GP have paid deposits on the hire of general equipment. A1GP have approved and completed their on-track signage. Where necessary, A1GP Teams have been making visa applications. 






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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. Regards



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