a1-grand-prix-start-shakedown-session  The A1 Grand Prix series has been set to begin at the Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast in Australia on 22 – 25 October.

Prior to the 2009/10 A1 Grand Prix first round to be kicked off at Surfers Paradise, a special shakedown has also been confirmed at the Surfers Paradise where 20 A1GP teams get an opportunity to shakedown their cars ahead of the new season at Queensland Raceway on 19 October.

A one-day shakedown for all teams is scheduled to take place at the 3.12-kilometre circuit located near Ipswich in Queensland, Australia.

The shakedown features for the first time the new generation of A1GP cars powered by 4.5-litre V8 Ferrari engines. 

A1GP Chairman Tony Teixeira said he was delighted the cars were going to be testing in Australia prior to the event: “We always have a pre-season test and this year have decided on doing it in situ rather than before they leave the UK..
“Our operations team felt this was the way to go and so it was great to find a perfect circuit so close to Surfers. This means our cars will do even more miles on Australian turf. With us now on the 50 day countdown the excitement is mounting for this landmark event for our series.”

In addition, Nikon has been unveiled as the official rights sponsor for the A1 Grand Prix’s first race of the new season and the Nikon SuperGP or V8 Supercar Championship series slated for the 22 – 25 October. Nikon were part of the event in 2008 and are a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology.


The Nikon SuperGP features four days of motorsport entertainment to the streets of Surfers Paradise including the stars of A1GP and the V8 Supercar Championship Series, as well as plenty of on and off track entertainment, Australian Defence Force displays, the TW Steel Miss SuperGP competition and racing from support categories.

Last week, the countdown for the final 50 days before the streets of Surfers Paradise come alive for the 2009 Nikon SuperGP began, and to celebrate this the organisers announced the local Gold Coast Community Fund (GCCF) as an official charity of the event.
The GCCF was established in 2000 by leading Gold Coast business figures to raise money through various projects to create a central pool of money for distribution to charities, community organisations and individuals in need across the Gold Coast.

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