TV Row Sees Brazil Dropped From A1GP Calendar
The A1GP Brazil, due to take place on March 18, has been withdrawn from the World Cup of Motorsport’s 2006/07 season calendar.
Following a delay in securing a local terrestrial TV partner to provide nationwide coverage of the series, A1GP representative and former F1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi said: “A1GP has decided to withdraw the Brazilian race from this season’s calendar as it has taken longer than expected to secure free-to-air television coverage of the series within the market".
Every A1GP race is watched by an average of 8 million viewers in more than 150 countries through a network of international TV partners. Strong TV coverage has proved vital for building support for the nescient A1GP series and ultimately drawing crowds to an event.
It is not yet clear why A1 is struggling to find a broadcast partner in Brazil, a country obsessed with motorsport and the home of the late, great Ayrton Senna.