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05/04/08
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Super Aguri trucks barred from paddock  Super Aguri's future has been cast into fresh doubt after the team's trucks and motorhome were prevented from entering the Istanbul circuit today.

Sources have told itv.com/f1 that Formula One Management ordered its staff not to allow Super Aguri's personnel into the paddock after Honda team boss Nick Fry informed Bernie Ecclestone that Aguri Suzuki's squad would not be racing in Turkey next weekend.

Super Aguri is set for a crunch meeting with the Honda board this week, at which the Japanese manufacturer will decide whether to accept the Weigl Group's bid to rescue its second team.

But Fry has already expressed his scepticism about the Weigl deal.It would appear unlikely that a company the size of Weigl is able to support a competitive Formula 1 team, unless of course there are other partners of which we have not been made aware," Fry told the Reuters news agency.

Weigl CEO Franz Josef Weigl believes his company has the resources to sustain Super Aguri, despite Fry's concerns.

"The Weigl group's offer is backed by strong business finance partners who along with the Weigl group would like to invest long term and not just short term," he said.

"With our partners, the offer is not only about rescuing the team, but about constructing a future for the Super Aguri F1 team and Takuma Sato.

"We hope that Honda board members would be willing to have faith in our long-term business plan."

ITV.com/f1 understands that the Aguri team believes it has been barred from the Istanbul paddock to avoid embarrassing Honda should it decide to reject the Weigl offer later in the week. More at ITV Sport
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