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Australia rules out night race for 2008 23 Jul 2007

Australian flag on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 18 March 2007 Kylie Minogue (AUS) and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 18 March 2007 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 18 March 2007

Australian Grand Prix organisers have dismissed the possibility of running a night race in Melbourne’s Albert Park - at least for next season.

They are, however, proposing a later start time for the 2008 event, making the schedule more TV friendly for European audiences.

"Our investigations have convinced us that as things currently stand, the disadvantages (of a night race) outweigh the advantages,” said Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) Chairman, Ronald Walker.

“Instead, we have decided to run the F1 race later on Sunday, moving the start time from 2pm to 3.30pm. We need to ensure all of our partners are comfortable with this and we’re working through that process now.

“Going later will benefit fans at Albert Park who will enjoy an even bigger day of entertainment and people watching the race live in other parts of the world, especially Europe where fans will be able to get up closer to breakfast time.”

The AGPC plans to stage the 2008 Grand Prix on March 13 to 16, subject to FIA approval, in a meeting that will also see the return of the highly popular V8 Supercar series to the line-up.