Motorsport

London to host Race of Champions

The Race of Champions – motor racing’s celebratory event which pits title holders from a range of series against each other – is to be staged in London next year.

The 2007 event, taking place next December will be moved to Wembley Stadium from the Stade de France in Paris.

Paris has hosted the popular Race of Champions for the past three years, drawing crowds of more than 51,000.

Five commits to A1GP highlights

A1 Grand Prix has expanded the UK television coverage of its World Cup of Motorsport franchise after agreeing a highlights package with Five.

Sky Sports' live race coverage of A1GP will now be supported by a highlights package with commercial terrestrial broadcaster Five, scheduled to be shown mid-week after each event. The new deal means that over 90% of UK households can now view the series.

A1GP gets new CEO

A1 Grand Prix has poached a top Siemens executive to become the new chief executive officer of the fledgling motor racing series.

Pete Da Silva will join A1GP in January 2007 from his current position as Group CEO, Siemens in South Africa.

The Brazilian-born 48-year old will take overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the series, overseeing its future growth and development with particular attention to the company's forthcoming IPO.

A1GP and MotoGP extend calendars

Motorsports franchises are continuing to expand their race calendars after both MotoGP and A1 Grand Prix added new events to their seasons in San Marino and Beijing respectively.

This weekend, A1 Grand Prix becomes the first motorsport series to race in Beijing after agreeing a deal to have the cars race round a street circuit in the south of the city in front of a grandstand holding 25,000 fans. 

Motorcycling series MotoGP has also extended its season by an extra round after adding San Marino to the race calendar in 2007.

A1 revamps qualification structure

Motor racing series A1GP World Cup of Motorsport has restructured its qualification system following a consultation review of its inaugural season.

With effect from the A1GP Beijing race, from 10 to 12 November, the grid for the main race will be determined by the finishing results of the sprint contest earlier in the day. The winner of the sprint will start the race in pole position - the new format designed to simplify the qualifying system and make the results more immediate to the fans in the grandstand.

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