The organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix have confirmed that their street circuit has been given 'in-principle' approval by the FIA, the sports governing body and as such construction work can now begin.

During the coming months the FIA will conduct a series of inspections and the full circuit licence will be granted during the final check, which will take place in the same week of the race, which is scheduled for September 28 2008, exactly one year on from today.

"After months of poring over the drawing board, we are now one step closer to our dream," said deputy chairman of the Singapore GP, Mr Colin Syn.

"However, there is no time to celebrate - it is now full speed ahead for us to get this race on the road."

The 5.067km long street circuit, consisting of 14 left hand turns and 10 right hand turns, will be the first Formula 1 street race in Asia and it will be one of only three races on the 2008 calendar to run in an anticlockwise direction.

Whether the race will be held at night has still to be decided, but regardless of that, the organisers are confident it will be 'one of the most dramatic and atmospheric races on the calendar' with the track winding its way past historic landmarks such as City Hall and modern buildings along the Marina Bay.

"We are glad that the FIA has given the in-principle approval for the Singapore city circuit," added Mr Lim Neo Chian, deputy chairman and chief executive at the Singapore Tourism Board, who chairs the F1 Working Committee.

"The countdown to our inaugural race has begun. One year from now, F1 enthusiasts can look forward to experiencing the excitement of a unique street circuit in the heart of Singapore, which will take world-class drivers and their race machines past Singapore's skyline, iconic city landmarks and treelined boulevards at thrilling speeds."

To meet the demands of a street race, the Land Transport Authority will manage the modifications that will be made to some existing infrastructure such as road kerbs and traffic islands.

The new 1.2km road that forms the start / finish straight will also be constructed alongside the pit building. Work on the pit building has already begun, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2008.

Singapore meanwhile has marked the one-year to the first Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix milestone with a celebratory event at the Esplanade, where the Minister of State for Trade and Industry S Iswaran launched the countdown clock on Singapore GP's website -

The site will be the main avenue for buying tickets when sales go live towards the end of 2007.



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