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F1 and Motogp 2008 Seasons

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This new year has some interesting things going for it. Most notably, both Formula 1 and motogp will feature a race at night on the race calendar.

 

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The 2008 Qatar MotoGP will create motorcycle racing history by becoming the first to be run under floodlights.

 

Dorna chief Carmelo Ezpeleta confirmed in a press conference in Misano today (Friday) that the race on March 9, 2008 will take place at night, most likely at 11pm to capture prime time European TV audiences, with the race going out in big markets like Spain and Italy at 9pm.

 

It has long been rumoured that the Losail International Circuit would be the first to host a premier class race under floodlights.

 

In 2006, Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Kenny Roberts Junior completed a handful of test laps in Qatar under floodlights. The first three corners and part of the home straight were floodlit but the concept seem to have been abandoned after the trio said the a floodlit race needed much more thorough investigation

 

Ever since Qatar came onto the MotoGP calendar in 2004, circuit bosses have been looking for a unique selling point for the race, after it was the first to be staged in the Middle East.

 

Joe Crookham and Jeff Rogers, bosses of Musco Lighting, who won the contract to complete the massive project, joined Ezpeleta at the press conference.

 

Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Attiyah from the QMMF (Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation) and FIM President Vito Ippolito also attended.

 

It was confirmed that the project, which would feature an incredible 3700 light installations, is due for completion on February 15 in what Crookham described as the “biggest lighting project ever at a world sporting venue’.

 

A million watts would be required to power the lights, which will feature on the outside and inside of the Qatar circuit to ensure rider safety.

 

At present the plan is to run all three classes at night, with practice also taking place under floodlights.

Much is likely to depend on a test session planned at the circuit at the end of October, though no riders or teams have yet been officially requested to attend.

 

Ezpeleta said: “Changing the Qatar race to a night time schedule allows for a better synchronisation with European television schedules, where the race can be made available in the primetime Sunday slot. This is obviously a big boost for the broadcasters, and a landmark moment for MotoGP.”

 

Mr. Al-Attiyah declined to comment on the specific cost of the project, but it is expected to run into the multi-million pound bracket. He said though such a facility would allow the circuit to become a year round venue. Qatar has traditionally baking hot summers, but with floodlights the track could be used at night in cooler temperatures for tracks days and other race events,

 

“This is obviously a major project for Qatar and we are proud to be able to say we will hold the first Grand Prix event under lights. Whilst this is great for the country’s image as a whole, it also means our track can be used in the hot summer months and we hope this opens up more opportunities for other motorsports events in the future, “he said.”

 

Experts in providing lighting services for racetracks and all kinds of sporting venues including the Daytona Speedway, Crookham described the complex system as, “The biggest lighting project in the world for any sporting event.” He added, “The system will incorporate over 3700 separate light sources across every section of the circuit, which will eliminate shadowing on the track and in the run-off areas. The quality of the light is the same as any premium lighting system at any other major sporting venue. Based on our experience in other motorsports events, the riders will be able to see as well as during daytime and may even come to prefer it.”

 

 

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Singapore night race joins 2008 F1 Calendar

 

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Singapore is getting ready to host the first night race in Formula One history after the FIA approved the proposed calendar for next year's championship. Race promoters in Singapore got the clearance from the FIA to build the Monaco-style street circuit in May, and things are reportedly moving along well. The spectacle of the flood-lit road race in the Pacific city-state promises to inject some more excitement into what is already held as the pinnacle of international motorsport.

 

As we had reported earlier, there were a few proposed grands prix that were up in the air, but the motorsport governing body has approved them all. (Yay!) In addition to Singapore, the new event in Valencia, Spain, was awaiting approval. The French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours was under threat, as well. Even the perennial Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal wasn't for sure, as the economies of scale in schlepping the whole F1 circus to North America were eliminated with the cancellation of the race at Indianapolis. In the end all were confirmed, alongside the usual suspects in Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Spain, Turkey, Monaco, Britain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Japan, China and Brazil. Only a few dates were changed around by the FIA in the process. Altogether it makes for a full eighteen races, and we're looking forward already.

 

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The motogp night race is the first race of the season, March 9th

The F1 night race is on the 28th of Sept.

anyways, im pretty stoked on it, check it out if you're interested, it should be cool

 

now fuck off with ya

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