After a trying first season of competition, the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport has unveiled a 13 date provisional calendar for the 2006/07 season.

The calendar features a number of changes from the inaugural season, with three nations set to host a round for the first time, and China becoming the first country to host two rounds in a season.

The first ever A1GP race in the Netherlands will kick off the second season on 1 October, with the event having already been sold-out following the success of the Dutch team in 2005/06, while the Czech Republic - again a new addition to the calendar - will host round two a week later at Brno.

The championship will then leave Europe for the third new race in Beijing at the start of November before races in Malaysia and the UAE bring the curtain down on 2006.

The first meeting of the new season is scheduled to be the first trip to New Zealand with a race at the picturesque Taupo circuit, although the venue is subject to agreement, before the short trip to Australia for the Syndney round and the Durban street race.

Three races follow at venues yet to be named, the first in America before races in Mexico and Indonesia, before the second Chinese round in Shanghai. The season then draws to a close back in Europe at Brands Hatch - which hosted the first ever A1GP race last season.

Among those nations to have lost a round of the championship are Germany and Portugal - who held races at Lausitz and Estoril in the first year of A1GP - while Laguna Seca, Sentul and Fundidora Park aren't currently named on the schedule, although all three could yet fill the vacant slots for the respective country.

Provisional 2006/07 calendar:

1 OctNetherlandsZandvoort
8 OctCzech RepublicBrno
5 NovChinaBeijing
26 NovMalaysiaSepang
16 DecUnited Arab EmiratesDubai Autodrome
21 JanNew ZealandTaupo **
4 FebAustraliaSyndney
25 FebSouth AfricaDurban (Street Race)
11/18 MarSouth/North America
25 MarMexico
8 Apr Indonesia *
15 AprChinaShanghai
29 AprGreat BritainBrands Hatch

* to be confirmed
** venue subject to agreement

 

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