Hong Kong is being touted as the next overseas venue to join the V8 Supercars roster – possibly by as early as 2013 – as the series continues its push to add a more international flavour to the championship calendar.
Reports in SpeedCafe claim that the series’ international director Martin Whitaker – who is CEO of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit – has been involved in high-level discussions with the city’s officials to stage a street circuit race in the former colony.
“In two years time, we’d like to bring V8 Supercars to Hong Kong on a street circuit. We will propose a new circuit, hopefully for 2013,” the FIA’s Asian Zone delegate Wesley Wan is quoted as saying.
“There’s been a lot of talk about Hong Kong looking at running a street circuit,” Whitaker adds. “It’s no secret that one of the reasons I’m doing the job I’m doing is to try and improve our international awareness and get new international events on the calendar.”
With the championship already visiting New Zealand and Abu Dhabi – with America set to join the roster in 2013 – the championship is keen to expand its portfolio of overseas events, with up to eighteen individual rounds being proposed by 2014.
Other proposed international locations include Singapore, (as a support to the Formula 1 Grand Prix), the Phillipines, India and Indonesia.
But to dissuade fans’ concerns that this will reduce the number of local events on the calendar, Whitaker offered assurances to the contrary.
“This [addition of overseas rounds is] not to the detriment of the championship. We want to make sure were honouring our core fan base, but at the same time, we have the opportunity to seek more overseas races,” he said.
The V8 Supercars championship has previously staged a championship round on Chinese soil when the Shanghai International Circuit played host to the championship in 2004. It was meant to be a multi-year deal, but contractual wrangling with local promoters meant the event was a one-off.
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