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Brazilian GP promoter confident of F1 date

Brazilian GP F1 promoter Tamas Rohonyi of International Promotions Ltda has denied that a ruling by a district judge [Nov 10] to suspend the 2004 race at Interlagos, scheduled for October 24, means that it will be cancelled. In a letter to AUTOSPORT, Rohonyi said: "There is a little smoke, but there is no fire. No judge can 'suspend' an existing legal contract, in this case a contract in place since 1989 when the then mayor of the city brought the race to Sao Paulo."

Rohonyi revealed that International Promotions has issued a writ against the city prefecture of Sao Paulo to obtain a full study of the economic impact of the event, which was the basis for the decision by Judge Joao Andre de Vincenzo when he ruled that the contract was "a waste of public money."

Rohonyi added: "This is now finally being prepared, and will show that the city's expenditure [on the circuit] is a fraction of the benefits brought to the metropolitan region by the various events held at Interlagos - and not just the GP."

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