A1 GP is almost certain to make a return to New Zealand for its third season according to the series' Chief Executive Officer for the Asian region following the huge success of the Taupo round last season.

The final calendar is yet to be confirmed beyond the Zandvoort season opener but with impressive crowds visiting January's round at the heavily re-designed and upgraded Taupo circuit, as well as the success of the New Zealand team last season, a return was always likely.

This seems to have been confirmed by David Clare, who revealed as much when he confirmed Gary Dawson as the Chief Executive of the A1 GP New Zealand, a role that will see the 52-year-old oversee management and marketing for the Kiwi round of the championship.

"The event has a solid platform," Dawson told the official a1gp.com website. "It's a matter of putting ourselves in our stakeholders' shoes and making refinements that benefit them.

"We have a world-class sport, a marvellous venue and an excellent opportunity to build the A1GP at Taupo into one of the must-attend events on the New Zealand entertainment calendar."

"We're thrilled to secure a person of Gary's calibre to guide the event," Clare added. "He is a proven leader and has an impressive track record in building relationships and achieving objectives."

"Despite a short time frame, the inaugural event was a great success and Taupo is a dead certainty to be on the calendar again,' Clare confirmed. "We're thrilled with the support for A1GP in New Zealand and Gary's appointment shows our desire to build on this year's offering."



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