Jan 28 2008
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport 2007/08 title race is closer than ever as the thrilling nation versus nation series enters the second half of the season. Remaining in the Southern Hemisphere, the championship heads to Australia's Eastern Creek International Raceway near Sydney for round six on 1-3 February.
The series made history last time out in Taupo as all 22 national teams competing in the fifth round of the championship took to the track with biofuel in their tanks. The historic event marked A1GP as the first truly global motorsport series to race with biofuel in its tanks and is the cornerstone of an ambitious series of initiatives to help reduce its environmental footprint.
This weekend's A1GP Eastern Creek event is a landmark event for host nation Australia too, as New South Wales will become the first Australian state to host a motorsport event with cars running on biofuel. Premier Morris Iemma praised the initiative and said New South Wales was leading Australia in using ethanol blended fuels.
'This is a fantastic initiative by A1GP,' he said. 'I wholeheartedly commend its move towards ensuring that the environmental impacts of the series are as minimal as possible. Biofuels, such as ethanol, are much healthier for our environment than conventional fuels. In October last year I introduced a two percent ethanol mandate which will ensure that ethanol makes up a minimum of two percent of total fuel sales in NSW.'