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A1GP set to race through UK streets


The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport will bring speed and excitement to the streets of Manchester, UK this summer as part of Sky Festival.

Untitled Document The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport will bring speed and excitement to the streets of Manchester, UK this summer as part of Sky Festival. In a UK-first, six elite A1GP cars and drivers will complete a 1.5km course, through the centre of Manchester from 2-3pm on Sunday 13 August - the third and final day of the three day free festival.

Members of the public will be able to take part in the A1GP action from special viewing areas as the cars roar through the city streets, reaching speeds of up to 70mph along sections of the course, which runs from Corporation Street, up to Albert Square, around Manchester's Town Hall, along Deansgate, through St Mary's Gate and back to the starting point in Corporation Street.

A dedicated interactive A1GP paddock, located in Exchange Square, will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday from 10am-8pm and on Sunday from 10am-12pm and 3.30pm-7pm, offering people the chance to get up close to the cars and drivers with a nine car display simulating a real-life race paddock. With interactive opportunities such as 'wear the race suit' and the tyre change challenge - members of the public will get a first hand experience of life as an A1GP driver and mechanic.

A1 Teams Australia, China, Great Britain, Ireland, Lebanon, and Malaysia will all run the specially designed road course on Sunday 13 August.

About Sky Festival

From Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August, Sky Festival will light up Manchester. With more than 31 TV channels hosting over 36 specially created events, Sky Festival aims to enthrall and entertain people of all ages and interests with a massive range of activities in and around Manchester's most famous landmarks. What's more it's all free, although some events will be ticketed.

Offering something for all tastes and interests, festival-goers will be able to test their off spin at the Sky Sports Natwest Cricket Event, get up close to some of the world's top sporting trophies in the Ultimate Trophy Room, take to the catwalk and find out if they could be the Next Top Model with LIVINGtv, try their hand at reading the headlines with Sky News, journey through the jungle and meet live animals with National Geographic Channel, attend an exclusive MTV party, meet some of their favourite kids characters with Nick Jr., get active with Sky's Living for Sport and Dame Kelly Holmes or perfect their comic timing with Paramount Comedy's stand-up comedy workshops. And with even more great events to entertain, involve and inspire the Sky Festival promises something for everyone in Manchester, the North West, and visitors from all over the country.

Festival Facts

Over 36 different venues will be used to stage the events.
Over 350 people will be employed by Sky to make the festival come alive.
Over 500 live hours of events will take place over the 3-day festival.
Over 70 TV screens will be set up across Manchester for the festival.
Around 20,000 giveaways will be distributed at the events.
All Sky Festival events are free to the public; however some events will be ticketed. To register for regular updates and ticketing information on Sky Festival visit

Mark LeBrock

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