A1 Grand Prix's love affair with Holland will continue in 2007-08, following confirmation that Zandvoort will again play host to the first round of the season.

Despite Jos Verstappen's dramatic flouncing out of the Dutch line-up just days before the 2006-07 event, the fans still turned up in their droves, adopting Jeroen Bleekemolen as their new hero and continuing the levels of support previously accorded to 'the Boss'. In all, a capacity crowd of 75,000 watched South Africa's Adrian Zaugg and Germany's Nico H?lkenberg take the honours, the latter paving the way to a championship secured in Shanghai last time out. Zandvoort has been pencilled in for the weekend of 28-30 September.

"Last year's event will be very hard to beat, but let's hope we can at least match that so we can host a memorable A1GP season opener yet again," Team Netherlands boss Jan Lammers said following the announcement, "The first [event] at Zandvoort has been the perfect showcase for A1GP, and embodied everything the World Cup of Motorsport is all about - great racing, an overwhelming atmosphere, extensive media coverage.

"Talking from the Team Netherlands point of view, we are already looking forward to racing in front of our home crowd again and, with the ever present massive support from all the fans, we and all other countries competing will promise another great event. Last year, we just missed out on the podium, this year we will as always be aiming for the top spot."

Reflecting on the massive demands for seats at last year's event - the first to be staged in Holland - Lammers urged fans to act quickly to secure a place in 2007.

"We would like to invite everyone over to Circuit Park Zandvoort in September, [but] don't hesitate too long with buying your tickets, otherwise the best seats in the house will surely be gone," he said.

Support series for the A1GP will be the Formido Suzuki Swift Cup, the Benelux Racing League - including the BRL Light series, the Formula Ford BeNeLux championship and the Dunlop SportMaxx Clio Cup.

Further details of A1GP's 2007-08 season are expected over the coming weeks.

 

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