Auto GP revives Bucharest street race

The Bucharest street circuit is to be revived for an Auto GP round in 2011

Auto GP revives Bucharest street race

The agreement with Nic Serbu, the Bucharest circuit promoter and CEO of Bucharest Grand Prix Srl, was announced at a press conference held by series organiser Enzo Coloni in the Romanian capital today.

"This is the first step towards 2011, a season that will see Auto GP grow after a good 2010 campaign," said Coloni.

"We are really happy with this agreement, something that will give us the chance to create a unique and prestigious event, a race that through the years could become a real classic."

The Hermann Tilke-designed Bucharest Ring is a three-kilometre street circuit through the capital of Romania, with long straights separated by tight corners and the city's parliament building as a backdrop. It was used by the FIA GT and British Formula 3 championships in 2007 and '08.

"Street circuits are always very special because drivers have to give their best with a very small margin of error, a situation that usually allows the best talents to shine," Coloni added.

The event, named the Bucharest GP, will be held in July next year.

Auto GP was launched this season to supercede the Euroseries 3000 championship, and features a large prize fund and the original Lola-built A1GP cars.

Although its average grid size has only been 15 cars so far, it has attracted a strong driver line-up, including ex-Formula 1 men Romain Grosjean and Giorgio Pantano. It resumes at Navarra in Spain this weekend after a two-month summer break.

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