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Timetable set for first-ever night race in FORMULA 1â„¢ history
Singapore, 1 February 2008 - FORMULA 1™ racing’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), has confirmed the timetable for the 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.
The inaugural Singapore event, which will be first ever Grand Prix to be held at night, will take place on Sunday, September 28.
The race will start under the floodlights at 2000 hours local time. The qualifying sessions on Saturday and the second Friday practice session will also run after sunset.
In order allow the drivers to become accustomed to the new track, the first practice on Friday 26 September will take place from 1600-1730 hours, before the second session is run after dark, from 2000-2130 hours.
The final FORMULA 1™ practice session on Saturday will run from 1700-1800 hours, with the qualifying sessions starting after sunset at 2000 hours.
Further announcements will shortly confirm the timings of the Aston Martin Asia Cup, FORMULA BMW Pacific and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia support races.
The biggest sports event the Republic has ever hosted to date, the inaugural 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix is already on its way to being a sell-out success. Over 70% of the corporate hospitality packages have now been sold, including all the Sky Suites at the Pit Grandstand, Pit Exit and Turns 1 and 2, in addition to the Club Suites at the Pit Entry.
Sales of three-day passes, including both grandstand seats and general access, will be released for sale shortly after Chinese New Year. All interested parties are encouraged to visit the official Singapore GP website (www.singaporegp.sg) for more details and to register their interest.
About 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
The inaugural 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix took place on 28 September 2008 on a street circuit of public roads around the Marina Bay area. The race was the first Formula One™ to be held at night, and the first Formula One™ street race in Asia. Over 100,000 spectators, a sell-out, capacity crowd, watched the Singapore Grand Prix trackside. Over 30 million TV viewers in the five main European markets of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, are estimated to have watched the live coverage of the race.
About Singapore GP Pte Ltd
Singapore GP Pte Ltd is the race promoter for the FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. It holds five-year renewable rights to stage the Singapore Grand Prix, beginning with the 2008 Season. The company is a partnership between Komoco Motors Pte Ltd and regional events company Lushington Entertainments, via its parent company Reef Enterprises.