motorsport travel news - 2007
Here's some motorsport venue news that I've collected in my research for grand prix cities over the years. From here you can go back in the history of this fine website and you'll find tidbits of travel information, exciting changes to motorsport schedules especially venues and other website news that might be of interest for the sports traveler, a kind of blog of thoughts and ambitions. Of interest might be if some of my predictions are true. Not many consultants want their chrystal balls out in the open, but here goes. Knock your self out. If you've got some news that you'd like me to add to the current news page, let me know via the contact link in the left column.
As always, Godspeed on your motorsport adventures! Cvetko Ostroznik.
2007 motorsport travel news
I've been frantically busy working Hotels near the airport just adding a huge new section offering Airport Hotels by IATA Code with over 2,000 world entries. Phew. And that hot on the heals of the opening of Hotels near big ticket venues. Means the upcoming winter racing break comes just at the right time. Congratulations to Casey Stoner and his MotoGP title, and to James Toseland for his second WSBK title. James of course moves to MotoGP for 2008 where I have no doubt he will continue his collection of world level Championships. Well done guys!
September 2007 Herman Tilke, renowned, well some folks have heard of him, slot car track designer, is said to have placed his stamp of approval on possible location for an indian formula one grand prix track site. Indian Olympic Association Cheif Suresh Kalmadi revealed today papers have been signed regarding a location in Gurgaon, India - upsetting long held plans and rumours of a track in Hyberbad. India hopes to have an f1gp by 2009, but 2010 is more likely.
Check out the 2008 f1 schedule which is to include both Singapore and Valencia harbor side street races.
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News Source: DNAIndia.com
May 2007 Finally found a pic of the layout of the proposed Singapore Formula One Grand Prix Track. The downtown street race is rumored for inclusion in the 2008 Formula 1 Schedule along side a downtown harborside grand prix in Valencia Spain (this one scheduled for the season closing event) and the reinclusion of a San Marino race at Imola Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
. That will make 20 races in all. Heck, those single seater boys will soon be working as hard as the guys at NASCAR !
April 2007 To extend the travel (and information) theme of grand prix cities I have begun a new section of city travel guides focusing on Best Hotels and Best Tickets of randomly chosen cities around the world. The first such guide is for Ljubljana Slovenia Best Hotels, Ljubljana is a city I know very well and one world travelers may well love to learn more about and visit. Each guide will include comprehensive travel and cultural related links and information. Contributions of travel tips and suggestions of focus cities are welcome. See my contact link left. Enjoy this new series where I broaden the notion of what is a Grand Prix City.
I read with interest that next week we are to learn about a brand new motorsport racing series called the Superleague Formula Championship (SFC ?). F1-style 200mph, 750-horsepower single-seater racing cars clothed in the liveries of European Football (Soccer) Teams are to race around competing on the track as they do on the pitches of Europe. Leading European teams such as AC Milan of Italy, PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto of Portugal and Olympiakos Of Greece are to be represented. Racing is to begin in 2008. I'll have a schedule posted as soon as I hear of it.
In other news today the Kingdom of Bahrain announced that it's hosting of Formula 1 testing at it's Bahrain International Circuit has proven a boon for the Island Kingdom's Economy.
March 2007 Singapore proposes a formula one event through its streets - under lights. Stay tuned. A prelimiary test run though the proposed street lay out is to be carried in a Porsche 911 GT3 out by Australian formula one driver, Mark Webber. When the test is to be is not certain but it ought to do wonders for traffic in the downtown area, which is already insane. Wonder if this idea will be as long in the making as the proposed Indian formula one grand prix in Hyderabad or as special as the rumored next venue for the French Grand Prix, Paris Disneyland?
Find hotels in India + Hyderabad India and Singapore Hotels downtown central and France Hotels
January 2007 Welcome to 2007 and a new year of motorsport travel. As the winter sits heavy over the northern hemisphere we dream of warm sunny days in exotic locations to watch speed up close! Here's some juicy news that I've collected in the form of a blog that may be of interest. Cvetko Ostroznik
gulfnews.com reports that F1 drivers, including current world champion Fernando Alonso, will bring their Formula One cars to the streets of Abu Dhabi on February 3, 2007. The cars will run along a specially designed street circuit that stretches along Abu Dhabi's city waterfront from the Emirates Palace, along Abu Dhabi's Corniche, through to the Marina Mall. Find Abu Dhabi Hotels in UAE for the event, which is FREE and open to the public!
9news.com reports that "Lack of a promoter, title sponsor and competing events around the time of the Grand Prix of Denver have organizers concerned that the event may not happen this year. Cancelation of the event from the 2007 Champ Car Season Schedule has been discussed. And for 2008 the usual August date for the Grand Prix around the city's Pepsi Center will compete with preparations for the Democratic National Convention, further complicating the relationship between the city of Denver and Champ Car World Series. Stay tuned.
In further Champ Car news, kentnews.co.uk reports today that the series spoke at length but to no avail with the folks at Brands Hatch about holding a race there again (last time was 2003) as part of their "European Expansion" in 2007 to tracks such as Assen in the Netherlands and Zolder in Belgium. Seems Brands was too busy, with their 2007 calendar already bulging with A1 GP, the World Superbike Championship, DTM the FIA World Touring Car Championship confirmed, as well as two meetings from both the British Touring Car and Bennetts British Superbike Championships
New straight times Malaysia reports today that tickets for the 2007 Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit are now on sale. The event will be held April 6-8, 2007. This will be the 9th event at the Herman Tilke designed venue. Bonus for those headed to Malaysia is that Formula One will stage 3 days of testing before the event. F1 Testing dates are reported as March 27-29. Find 2006 Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix attendance figures.
Auto123 report that IRL tickets for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that runs through the streets Saint Pete, FL went on sale January 15. The event weekend includes IRL Indy Car Series, Indly Pro Series. free IndyCar Series paddock passes will be offered to groups purchasing 10 or more three-day reserved tickets. Group purchases are only available through the HGPSP box office at 25 Second St. North, Suite 160. Call (727) 824-7223, extension 225.
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World Superbike testing wraps up at Australia's Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. While nearby Melbourne suffers the worst drought in recorded history and devestating forest fires turn the city's sky red to add to the unusual sweltering muggy conditions.
Champ Car World Series releases its final schedule (click link to view)
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