The A1 Grand Prix series will return to Indonesia to run on a brand new street circuit near to the capital Jakarta, having missed season three altogether.
With the demise of the Durban event - in favour of a switch to Kyalami - the Indonesian event, which has been confirmed for the Lippo Village area, will become the series' only street race on the rescheduled date of 6–8 February next year. It will also be the first time that Indonesia has seen a street race on such a scale, after Sentul played host to A1GP in its first two seasons.
“This is a very exciting occasion, not just for Lippo Village, but also Indonesia as a whole,” said Gordon Benton, senior executive of promoter PT Lippo Karawaci Tbk, "Lippo wanted to bring a top international event to Indonesia, like A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, and we are working very closely with the Ikatan Motor Indonesia, the ministry of youth and sport and rights holder Carbon Worldwide to make this event the pinnacle stop on the A1GP calendar for years to come.”
The downtown area of Lippo Village, which was formerly known as Lippo Karawaci, will be modifying areas near the famous Pelita Harapan University to accommodate a track is being designed by Tilke Gmbh, the company responsible for the F1-standard circuits in Shanghai and Sepang where A1GP has raced in the past.
“The track designers have conducted the initial site visit, and are currently completing the final design," Benton confirmed, "We intend for the track to be of the highest quality and, through good planning, offer minimal disruption to our residents and commercial enterprises."
Lippo Village is the flagship city for planned communities created by property developer Lippo Group. Founded in 1993, and situated 30km to the west of Jakarta, it has become an established lifestyle township with a population of 50,000, with integrated education, health and business facilities making it both self-sustainable and environmental-friendly.
“A1GP is glad to be back in Indonesia once again, and season four will mark our third visit to the country which always draws a strong and passionate fan base in support of A1 Team Indonesia," A1GP regional CEO David Clare commented, "This race will be of great interest to the world's motorsport fraternity, as Indonesia will be part of a select group of nations capable of hosting a street circuit. Lippo Village will now join venues like Surfers Paradise, Monaco, Melbourne, Long Beach and also Singapore.”