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Brazilian GP wins Promoters' award

The Brazilian Grand Prix has been awarded Formula One's prestigious Race Promoters' Trophy for 2006, for its successful hosting of the season finale.

The Interlagos event in October was not only Michael Schumacher's final F1 race, but it was also the scene of the championship showdown between the Ferrari driver and Fernando Alonso.

The Promoters' Trophy, which is highly regarded among race organisers, is awarded annually by Formula One Administration.

A statement issued by the FIA said: "This went to the promoters of the Brazilian Grand Prix, who expertly handled an event which recorded a number of milestones in the sport.

"It will long be remembered as a race of champions, with stunning drives from championship winner Fernando Alonso, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher and race-winner Felipe Massa, who became the first Brazilian to take the chequered flag in over ten years."

The other promotional award, the Television Trophy, was awarded to Formula One Management for their coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix. This was regarded by other host broadcasters as being the best televised event of the year.

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