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GP Week : Issue 153
F1 SET FOR DUBLIN DEBUT FERRARI UPSETS THE CHINESE ... Jenson Button and McLaren headline the street event Dublin is gearing up for one of its largest ever one-day events when over 70 cars and bikes will set pulses racing in the Irish capital on an afternoon of action-packed motorsport action on June 3. McLaren and Caterham are among the star attractions for the predominantly free event, where over 150,000 spectators are expected to line the streets to witness the first showcase of its kind in the country. Bavaria City Racing Dublin is the third installment of the successful Bavaria City Racing franchise , following in the footsteps of Rotterdam and Moscow. The route along the River Liffey in the centre of the city takes in many of Dublin’s world-famous landmarks, including the Convention Centre, Custom House, Trinity College, Bank of Ireland and O’Connell Bridge. Among those attending the event will be 2009 world champion Jenson Button at the wheel of his McLaren, test driver Giedo van der Garde in the cockpit of the Caterham and eternal A1GP champion Adam Carroll in a GP2 car. Alongside Carroll, the event will feature many prominent Irish motorsport talents, including World Superbike race-winner Eugene Laverty, rally driver Eugene Donnelly, BTCC driver Aron Smith and freestyle biker Mattie Griffin. A wide range of machinery will be on display also. F1, GP2, F3000, WRC, GT3, GT4, World Super Bike and BTCC will all be represented, alongside Ferraris, Porsches, Spykers and other super cars. Although primarily a free event, with over 96% of the crowd due to occupy free spectator areas on either side of the route, tickets are still available for grandstand seats and VIP paddock passes. Grandstand seats at one of the performance zones cost €75.90, while passes to the vast paddock cost €163.90. Further ticket and event details can be found at the official website, www.bavariacityracing.ie. Flights are available from 24 UK airports and most European cities to Dublin Airport for the weekend of Bavaria City Racing. Visit www.dublinairport.com for a list of destinations and airlines. Ferrari found themselves in hot water this week, when a planned celebration of the Italian manufacturer’s 20 years in China started with the desecration of a national monument. A special edition of the 458 Italia was lifted on to the Nanjing city wall, where it proceeded to do donuts. Not only was the Ming Dynasty-era wall marked with rubber, but there are concerns that the display has caused structural damage to a protected piece of China’s history. Ferrari have apologised for the stunt, which they say was the doing of a franchise employee. “Unfortunately, an employee of the dealership – not a Ferrari employee – took it upon himself to drive the car in the way that you will see in the video, with the very regrettable result that tyre marks were left on the ancient monument,” Ferrari said in a statement. “Ferrari SpA has unreser vedly apologised to the Chinese authorities and local community for any damage and offence caused, and has promised to work with the necessary officials to repair any damage caused by the negligence of this individual.” According to some reports, the dealership in question paid the Nanjing local authorities $12,000 for the right to run on the wall. 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS