A1GP race a sellout already?

UPDATE #2 Autosport reports that organizers now say that more than 50,000 tickets have been snapped up already for the event in the two weeks since they have been on sale, and extra tickets released this week have already sold out.

"Hopefully these extra grandstand seats will go some way to addressing the huge demand for tickets that we have experienced so far," said series founder Sheikh Maktoum.

"Our expectations are that this race would be received well in Holland have proved to be correct, and I think we can expect a great season opener when A1 Grand Prix arrives in Zandvoort for the race on 1 October."

04/11/06 We are upgrading this rumor to 'fact' today. Ticket sales for the first race of the 2006-07 A1 Grand Prix season are exceeding expectations, just five days after going on sale. 10,000 tickets were sold on the first day alone, as Dutch fans clamored to get tickets for the race at Zandvoort Circuit Park on 1 October 2006.

A1 Grand Prix will meet with management at the Zandvoort circuit and A1 Team Netherlands next week to discuss additional grandstand seating to meet the huge demand for the first race of the season.

Fans that have purchased general admission tickets will be offered an opportunity to upgrade to Grandstand tickets, when these become available on 17 April.

Chairman of A1 Grand Prix, Sheikh Maktoum said 'The huge demand that we have experienced for tickets for this event is hardly surprising, with 25,000 tickets sold in the first five days. Throughout the first season of A1 Grand Prix, the Dutch fans have proved themselves to be the most passionate and loyal fans in the world. We hope to reward this by putting on a great show for them on 1 October and will try our best to provide as many people as possible with a grandstand seat.' source: a1gp.com

04/07/06 Ran into Nicky Pastorelli and his manager who are both hopeful that Nicky will be in the second Rocketsports car by Houston. We kidded around about a possible race in Holland someday now that there might be two Dutch drivers in the series. Nicky said it would be huge. He hears the A1GP race at Zandvoort has sold most of their grandstand tickets already, such is the love of racing by the Dutch.

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