macau grand prix 2008 has new sponsor and race programme

With a new title sponsor on board, luxury residential development Windsor Arch, the Grand Prix has announced an exciting new race programme for the 55th edition, to be held from November 13-16 this year.

Topping the bill for the Windsor Arch 55th Grand Prix are: The Windsor Arch Formula 3 Grand Prix, which is also the official FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup; the final round of the prestigious 2008 FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC), the Guia Race of ; and the unique Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The Windsor Arch Formula 3 Grand Prix will be the 26th running of the Blue Riband event, which was first held in 1983. No fewer than 16 of this year’s 20 FIA Formula One World Championship drivers have raced on ’s famous Guia street circuit, and former champions include Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, reports .

This year will mark the fourth time the final round of the FIA WTCC will be held at . Each year the Championship has come down to the wire at the SAR, and Briton Andy Priaulx has taken the title on all three occasions.

The Motorcycle Grand Prix, dubbed by many one of the greatest road races in the world and now in its 42nd year, was won for the second time last year in breath-taking fashion by Steve Plater.

In keeping with the high calibre of the blue riband event, the support programme has undergone major enhancements for 2008, with no fewer than four new races.

The Windsor Arch GT Cup is a 10-lap invitational race for popular grand touring racing cars. Thirty six of these impressive machines will line up on the grid to take the start on the Sunday of the Grand Prix week.

The Windsor Arch Road Sport Challenge is another new addition to the programme. Also an invitational race, the event is open to modified road cars which comply with relevant safety regulations. The field will be divided into classes A, B and C, depending on cylinder capacity.

Each of the new additions will have an international field, and invited drivers with International Class C racing licenses will be eligible to compete.

The neighbouring SAR’s leading touring car drivers will go head-to-head with ’s finest in a thrilling racing season-closer, the Hotel Fortuna and Hong Kong Interport Race. A large number of talented drivers are emerging from who hone their skills throughout the year at nearby Zhuhai International Circuit, as well as further afield on tracks such as Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Touring Car Championship ensures the city’s racers have plenty of track-time throughout the season before tackling the Guia street circuit once a year. The 10-lap showdown is scheduled for Saturday, November 15th, and will see up to 36 drivers, 18 from each city, compete in a variety of Group N 2000cc racing cars.

The ever-popular CTM Touring Car Race (previously the CTM Cup) returns once again as part of the Windsor Arch 55th Grand Prix. Open to up to 36 drivers from across the Asian region, the 12-lap sprint is for Super Production racing cars.

Making its debut on the demanding Guia Circuit this year will be Formula BMW Pacific, designed specifically to help young karters, some as young as 15, make the transition to single seater racing. The racing car, the FB02, reaches speeds of up to 230kph and exceeds the FIA safety requirements for its class.This formula for success, which also runs in Europe and the Americas as well as in the Pacific, has already proven effective, with current Formula One drivers Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock and Adrian Sutil amongst the most famous Formula BMW graduates. Formula BMW Pacific, although only established in 2003, has already seen its drivers graduate to GP2, European and Asian Formula 3, A1GP and Speed Car, and several are well on the ladder to the highest echelons of the sport.

In addition to an action-packed programme of races, long-time Grand Prix partner Yokohama will be putting on a display of the enormously-popular drifting, featuring Japan’s Nobuteru Taniguchi and Manabu Orito, both of whom have competed in ’s Guia Race in the past, and Hong Kong’s James Tang and Raymond Mak.

Tickets for the Windsor Arch 55th Grand Prix are already being snapped up fast. Places in the most popular grandstand, at the famous Lisboa Bend, are going fast as racing aficionados from the USA, the UK, Korea and Japan, as well as many local fans, grab the hottest seats in the house for the November spectacular.

Tickets are available from the organisers on +(853) 87962242 / 87962268, and via Ticket on +(852) 28 555555/Hong Kong +(852) 2380 5083/Mainland China +(86) 139 269 11111.

The Official Grand Prix website is at www..grandprix.gov.mo

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Asian Indoor Games Off To A Good Start

 THE second Asian Indoor Games got off to a colourful start at the Macau Stadium, which was officially opened by chief executive Edmund Ho.

Some 3,000 athletes from 45 Asian countries and regions are taking part in 17 sports and three demonstration sports in this edition of the Games.

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The evening was presented by a total of 5,000 performers from more than 10 local associations, including the Song of Lotus by mainland singer Tang Can and performance by popular singer from Hong Kong Joey Yung and hot band from Taiwan Fahrenheit.

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54th Grand Prix Of Macau All Ready To Go

This year marks the Silver Anniversary of the Formula 3 Grand Prix. Over the years the event has nurtured numerous world class racing drivers, focusing the attention of the international media on and its Grand Prix. Today the continues to develop with the Formula 3 Grand Prix, the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the Motorcycle Grand Prix and other races bringing fans of the different motorsport categories to to see the races, as well as attracting television viewers across the globe. The Grand Prix of is from 15-18 November 2007.

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The was launched today at ; the event will include the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s final meeting as well as the 25th edition of the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup and the 41st Motorcycle Grand Prix.

During a crowded press conference held at the Fisherman’s Warf Convention Centre, Dr Fernando Chui San Oi, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, stated: “As one of the major sports tourism attractions, over the last 54 years the Grand Prix has been an essential tool with which to boost the development of the city’s tourism, enhancing the promotion of the non-gaming sector, while playing an important role in promoting ’s image as a tourism city worldwide.”

Engineer Joao Manuel Costa Antunes, coordinator of the Grand Prix Committee, commented on the third appearance of the FIA WTCC in : “Since its inception, the FIA WTCC has been decided at . We are thrilled that this year we will once again host the title decider and we are also very pleased to announce that long-time Grand Prix supporter, Sociedade de Jogos de (SJM), will be again the title sponsor for the FIA WTCC Guia Race of .”

According to the Grand Prix Committee, ticket pre-sales for the event have increased by five per cent compared to last year.

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Luxury Car Show Is Coming To Venetian Macao

Motor World Macau, a luxury and super-car show, will be held from 16 -18 November 2007 at the recently opened . The show will take place simultaneously with the . Over 20 prestigious vehicle brands have already confirmed their participation and together these brands will showcase more than 70 vehicles at the event’s debut. will feature high performance vehicles including luxury sports utility cars, super cars and professional racing cars. Many of the leading brands including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Citroen, Daihatsu, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Maybach, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini Cooper, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen, have confirmed to exhibit at the fair. Motor sports events and services, racing clubs and teams, motor products as well as motor education and training are also among the exhibit scope. The show is open to the public all three days.

Besides the lavish display, there will be a Wine Zone, a relaxed area, where exhibitors can talk business over a glass of wine. Sponsored by ASC Fine Wines, this wine zone will feature some of the greatest premium wines in the world. There will also be wine tasting sessions, with experts sharing their wine experience, where people can sample different wines from different regions and choose their favourites among the numerous selections. Visitors are also entitled to enter a daily lucky draw, sponsored by Schacter & Namdar Asia, with total prizes valued at over HK$100,000.

Motor World Macau coincides with the 54th Macau Grand Prix, an event attracting thousands of car lovers and auto racing fans from all over the world.

Motor World Macau will be held in a 9,000 sqm exhibition hall and is open to the public with a small admission fee of just HK$ / MOP 60 (US$8).

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