Aus GP boss allays fear of F1 fizzer

Thu, 2 November 2006, 08:24

Australian grand prix boss Ron Walker has dispelled concerns that Albert Park will struggle to fill its grandstands for the first race of 2007.

He did, however, admit that Melbourne organisers were aware of the significance of two setbacks for the event, leading to the novel offer of cheaper tickets for female fans.

In 2007, the popular local V8 Supercar series will be absent, while the F1 event also clashes with the city’s hosting of world championship swimming.

“There are only so many disposable dollars for families and these things compete with each other,” Walker – wearing an orange and blue chequered suit jacket – confessed to reporters in Melbourne.

The V8 category, credited for annually boosting GP attendance, will skip Albert Park next March due to a clashing calendar and television broadcasting rights, but Walker insisted: “They’ll be back, I’m absolutely confident.”


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