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Verstappen out; A1GP calendar confirmed


Confirming the 2006/2007 A1GP calendar comes with the announcement Jos Verstappen has pulled out of the season opening round at his home Netherlands circuit next weekend.

The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport organisation has expressed its disappointed that Verstappen will not be competing in the 2006/07 season and is concerned that the decision has come just days ahead of the season opener at Circuit Park Zandvoort, the Netherlands. While driver negotiations and agreements remain the sole responsibility of the individual A1 Team, A1GP CEO Bruce Holmes, joined discussions at the request of A1 Team Netherlands' seat holder, Jan Lammers, in a bid to secure a successful resolution for all involved. Unfortunately terms between team and driver could not be concluded and a final agreement was not reached. "A1GP is ultimately a team sport where cars represent their national flag above any individual. There will be a competitive Dutch team on the track in Zandvoort which the sell out crowd will doubtless be enthusiastically supporting to win," Mr Holmes said. "We've a fantastic weekend of racing ahead." A1GP CALENDAR FOR 2006/07 SEASON Location Circuit Date 1 Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort 1 October 2006 2 Czech Republic Auto Motodrom Brno 8 October 2006 3 China Beijing 12 November 2006 4 Malaysia Sepang International Circuit 26 November 2006 5 Indonesia Sentul 10 December 2006* 6 New Zealand Taupo 21 January 2007 7 Australia Eastern Creek 4 February 2007** 8 South Africa Durban (street race) 25 February 2007 9 Brazil 18 March 2007* 10 Mexico Mexico City 25 March 2007 11 China Shanghai International Circuit 15 April 2007 12 Great Britain Brands Hatch 29 April 2007

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