Durban revved up for A1GP

The streets of Durban are set to once again reverberate to the magnificent sound of high-tech V8 racing engines as South Africa hosts round seven of the third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport from February 22 to 24.

The streets of Durban are set to once again reverberate to the magnificent sound of high-tech V8 racing engines as South Africa hosts round seven of the third season of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport from February 22 to 24.

Launched in March 2004, the A1GP is more than just another racing phenomenon; it's an entirely new concept that pits driver against driver and country against country.

A1GP brings together 22 nations to compete as equals, without financial or technological advantage. With three days of on-track action, an A1GP event offers a rare opportunity for fans to interact with teams and drivers. A1GP brings the thrill of international motorsport to millions of fans around the world.

Nations competing include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland and the US.

Each event is held over three days - Friday through Sunday - and consists of three one-hour practice sessions, four 15-minute qualifying sessions on Saturday, and two races (a 20-minute sprint and a 70-minute feature with two compulsory pit stops) on Sunday.

South Africa are fourth on the standings with 79 points after six of 10 rounds, with New Zealand and France leading the pack on 96 points. SABC3 will televise Saturday's qualifying live from 2pm to 4pm and Sunday's races from 2pm to 4.30pm. - Sapa

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