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Hill Turns Down GP Masters Offer

Former World Champion Damon Hill has ruled himself out of making an appearance in the new GP Masters Series, despite a host of Formula One's former stars signing up for the category

Hill had been one of the chief targets of series organisers, who already have provisionally lured Alain Prost, Alan Jones and Emerson Fittipaldi, but the 1996 Champion has said he is not interested because he does not want to risk his life again.

Speaking to Motorsport News, Hill said: "I took a decision a while ago that I've taken enough risks with my life and I don't want to take anymore. It's not like the Seniors Tour in golf.

"This is motor racing and there are risks involved. I don't think 50-year-old guys are really cut out to take risks with their lives."

GP Masters organiser Scott Poulter said: "Hill is the only person to have said no. If someone doesn't want to race then they shouldn't.

"About 75 percent of the drivers we have spoken to, want to. Safety has improved considerably since most of these drivers raced and they still appreciate the social scene."

The GP Masters series is due to kick off with an inaugural race at Kyalami in South Africa in November, before a full season of events in 2006.

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