A1GP: Two more events lost as series fails to find its feet

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarThursday, November 5th, 2009

 
 

A1GP is facing the indefinite postponement of two more events in its 2009/10 season with the China and Malaysia dates joining the inaugural Australia race in falling off the calendar.

And fans must accept that its prospects of continuing in its present form are now looking extremely slim.

Malaysian promoters at the Sepang circuit, which was scheduled to hold an event at the beginning of December, have told that country’s Star newspaper that they have not been contacted about an alternative date and are still waiting for further contact from the series.

In addition to the three postponed or cancelled races, which were lost after a much-anticipated financial rescue package failed to materialise in time, its cars now need adaptations before they will meet the latest FIA safety regulations.

Its dealings with the Australian government are the subject of two separate inquiries and there has been talk of possible legal action after its five-year contract to take part in the annual Gold Coast event was cancelled.

The future of the event is now uncertain with Gold Coast city councillors threatening to re-invest Aus$100,000 of state support in local projects instead and its state funding also coming into question.

The series has been losing staff and has also not renewed the lease on its Silverstone premises, meaning that its assets are now in storage.

The administrator charged with getting the best deal for creditors is reportedly hoping to sell the cars to someone who will be able to keep the series running. The hope has always been that promoter Tony Teixeira would be in a position to buy them back.

But the cancellations of the second and third rounds of season five does raise the question of how likely that outcome now is.

No statement regarding the Chinese and Malaysian races has appeared on the A1GP website at the time of writing.

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