Sydney not giving up on GP switch

Sat, 9 August 2008, 01:11

Rival organisers have not given up hope of stealing the Australian grand prix from Melbourne.

It was reported recently that The Australian Racing Drivers Club had, at a cost of some $350,000, commissioned a study into the feasibility of ploughing $93m into the Eastern Creek circuit – located about 40 minutes from Sydney – as an alternate venue to Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Since the report was commissioned, F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone – despite pushing for a night race – agreed a new deal with Melbourne for a twilight event until 2015.

But ARDC board member Allan Moffat said: “Bernie Ecclestone will get sick of Melbourne’s refusal to host a night race.

“We would be in a position to take advantage,” he told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.”

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