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11/12/08
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A1 boss says Surfer's is a deal
A1 GP management have confirmed their commitment to a five-year deal on the Gold Coast and expressed excitement at being able to include the Surfers Paradise race on its calendar.

A1GP chairman Tony Teixeira yesterday said the Surfers Paradise track was one of the most exciting street circuits in the world.

"We wanted to go back to Australia and this is the ideal venue for our series," said the South African businessman from London.

"A lot of people have worked hard on putting this deal together, and now it has come to fruition it is very exciting.

"I am aware we are being given a perfect opportunity to showcase our series to the Australian fans who have been great supporters of both the series and their own team."

Mr. Teixeira said TV fans worldwide would be delighted with the spectacular race.

The first A1GP race on the Gold Coast track, which has hosted 18 IndyCar races since 1991, will be from October 22-25, 2009.

A1 Team Australia Seat Holder and Gold Coast resident Alan Jones said there had been a big hole in the A1GP calendar this year with Australia not being involved.

"To say I am thrilled about this deal is an understatement," he said.

"Having the chance to race in my own back yard is something special for me and the team.

"We are looking forward to it and I can warn all the other teams now I aim to make sure we have a home win in Surfers."

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