Cape Town seek 2014 GP calendar slot
15 September, 2011
Sep.15 (PVM) A South African consortium aim to have a grand prix in Cape Town and on the Formula 1 world championship calendar in 2014.
According to a Business Day report, the consortium is headed up by Dave McGregor who has extensive experience in running motorsport events, including organising the 1992 and 1993 South African GP at Kyalami.
The newspaper reported that McGregor said that Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone believed the world championship was “missing a continent”, and he saw a Cape Town street race as “the Monaco of Africa”.
“Most people make the mistake of thinking Formula One is a sport. It’s not — it’s a business, and a great opportunity for senior business people to come and shake some hands and kiss some babies,” added McGregor
On the chances of a Cape Town race, McGregor said it was “ours to lose”.
“We’ve got well over a 70% chance of getting it right.” He explained that the circuit would run through Green Point and “piggy-back off the World Cup legacy”.