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Bahrain denies '08 calendar slot is set

The Bahrain International Circuit has denied it's guaranteed to open the 2008 season, despite Australian organisers claiming so on Monday.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) announced that the March 16 event in Melbourne would be the second race on the 2008 calendar, and said it would be Bahrain opening the season instead.

However, Bahrain circuit CEO Martin Whitaker has said that the position of the Asian race on next year's calendar is not yet confirmed.

"Until such time as the official 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is announced any speculation about the date of next year's Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix has to be discounted," Whitaker said.

"Only when the official calendar is released will the Bahrain International Circuit be in a position to announce the date for the race in 2008."

Bahrain staged the opening race of the season in 2006, when the traditional first round host Melbourne had a prior commitment to the Commonwealth Games.

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