V8 Supercar series eyes return to China

Last updated 13:37 11/12/2012

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V8 Supercars have held talks with the owner of a circuit in southern China with the intention of returning to the country.

Consultant Graeme Staerk represented V8s during a recent Gold Coast City Council trade mission and met the owner of Zhuhai International Circuit to discuss the possibility of holding a V8 race at the track.

V8 Supercars raced previously in China at Shanghai in 2005 and a spokesman confirmed the latest talks.

The discussions were largely informal and there's no proposed date for any event but the circuit's owner is interested in pursuing the possibility.

"All destinations are potential targets but we're definitely looking at the Asian market in particular - obviously because of the similar time zones and relative ease of access to that region from Australia," the spokesman said.

V8 Supercars race in New Zealand and Abu Dhabi as well as Australia and will introduce a new destination next year in the United States with an inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

The 4.3km Zhuhai International Circuit was opened in 1993 and was provisionally included in the 1999 Formula One calendar but lost its place due to logistical issues.

It has hosted several international championships including the now-defunct A1 GP series and the FIA GT Championship.

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