Singapore can now officially look forward to hosting the first night race in the history of Formula 1 after the FIA World Motor Sport Council officially confirmed that the 15th round of the 2008 season will be run under lights.

The decision has been taken to ensure the best possible television audiences back in Europe, with a race at night in Singapore fitting in well with potential viewers elsewhere.

A number of lighting tests have already taken place at Paul Ricard and Indianapolis in preparation for the race, while a letter on intent has been signed with the Italian based company Valerio Maioli SpA to design and construct the lighting system for the event.

It is in anticipated that nearly 1500 lighting projectors will be used for the race, with the track being almost four times brighter than a typical stadium setting.

"We are well on our way to creating history - with two positive lighting tests under our belt, we are on track to delivering the first night-race in Formula One history," Mr Colin Syn, deputy chairman of Singapore GP, said. "Given that one of our objectives is to showcase Singapore to Formula 1 fans around the world, our late start-time will help us achieve this.

"The stunning city skyline backdrop will be an added bonus."

 

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