Bahrain to open 2008 season

The Bahrain Grand Prix will host the first Formula 1 race of the 2008 season. The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) have revealed that the Albert Park event has been scheduled as the second race of the season on the weekend of 13-16 March. It will also be held at 3:30pm local time (5:30am GMT) to cater for the European fans.

There has been much talk about a night race in Melbourne however organizers have confirmed that the 2008 race will be held in daylight.

“Taking all factors into account, this is the best option for our event and the people who support it,” Ron Walker, chairman of the AGPC explained. “Our investigations have convinced us that as things currently stand, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Going later will benefit fans at Albert Park, who will enjoy a 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.

“I am also delighted that the V8 Supercars are back. This is a great win for everyone especially motorsport fans. The combination of the world s most popular race cars in Formula 1 and the V8s Australia s number 1 national category is unique to Albert Park.”