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Test the Nation: the Debut of A1 GP

At long last, the A1 Grand Prix series will make its debut this weekend at Brands Hatch, for the opening round of the season. The novel idea of running the 'World Cup' of motorsport looks promising, but could it really work? Tim Redmayne looks at the sporting regulations and analyses the pitfalls and strengths of the new formula

If your country isn't on the pace after the first qualifying session for Brands Hatch's inaugural A1 GP race this weekend, you may as well kiss the Championship goodbye.

That may be an extreme view, but one that is not hard to conclude after a read through of the sporting regulations for the new World Cup of Motorsport, the A1 Grand Prix.

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