A1GP announces Chengdu International Circuit in China as venue

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Mumbai, Aug 27 (UNI) A1GP World Cup of Motorsport for Season Four will have a new venue -- The Chengdu International Circuit -- in its most visited country China that will host the round two during November 7-9.

The A1GP will also take this opportunity to help an earthquake struck region, with the proceeds from the event going to the Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund, a release issued here today said.

The date for the event means a change to the provisional calendar for Season Four, as this was the date originally set for a race in Indonesia. Now the Indonesian event, which sees A1GP head to the country for a third time, moves to a new venue from February 6-8, 2009.

''Making such changes needs a lot of co-operation, and we would especially like to thank the Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sport Affairs, Dr Adhyaksa Dault and IMI the National Motorsports Federation, for consenting to this date change,'' said A1GP Chairman, Tony Teixeira.

Commenting on the series visiting China, Mr Teixeira said, ''Our welcome in China has always been extremely warm and it is very gratifying that we have been invited to race at our fourth different track in this amazing country by the Chinese Government. The Chinese fans are some of the most passionate, as can be seen by their support for the series and A1 Team China. Also, as we have seen with the recent Olympics, China knows how to put on great events.'' Although the race in China was originally scheduled for December 12-14, a date change was necessary to ensure the best possible weather conditions in this region of China. Chengdu City is the capital of the Sichuan province in the south west of the country, while the track, which lies 16 kilometres south west of the city centre, is 3.367 kilometres (2.019 miles) long and features 14 turns, the release added.

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