Melbourne GP boss rejects GPWC race

Ron Walker, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, has indicated that the Melbourne venue will remain a part of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship calendar and will not switch to the breakaway Grand Prix World Championship (GPWC), which is preparing its own series to begin in 2008

Melbourne GP boss rejects GPWC race

"We have a long-term contract with Mr Ecclestone (Formula One Group principal) which runs until 2010 with another five year option and I doubt that the auto manufacturers will in fact get a licence from the FIA to run this sport," Walker told Australian media. "Without a licence from the FIA they just become another Indy or another cycle of motor racing which amounts to not much at all. I don't think anyone wants to take on a secondary race - they all want a Formula 1 race.

"This is probably a game of cards at the moment that is intensifying. We in Melbourne will not be going along with GPWC, we will be continuing our relationship with Mr Ecclestone."

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