Mil Milhas Becomes FIA GT Event In ‘07
Sergio Fonseca is certainly on the ball today, with news from Brazil. He passes on the information that the Mil Milhas event will become an FIA GT Championship race in 2007, the event to be held in February or March, as the first event of next season.

It will remain as the Mil Milhas – that is, a 1000 mile race.

An official press conference at Interlagos, at this week’s event, was presented today by Stephane Ratel (SRO), Jean Vinatier (FIA) Paulo Scaglione (CBA), Antonio Herrman (the Mil Milhas promoter) and Ciro José (TV Globo).

"Since my Mil Milhas work started, my idea was to add this race to the FIA GT schedule,” commented Antonio Hermann this morning. “I’m very happy to complete 50 years of history looking to the future,” he added.

“I'm very proud to mix great cars in great events, like the Spa 24 Hours in Belgium, the Tourist Trophy, in England, and now Mil Milhas in Brazil,” remarked SRO’s Stephane Ratel.

"We are going to support FIA GT’s introduction in Brazil, just as we did with F1 in the ‘70s,” commented Ciro José, the Director of TV Globo. The TV company will be broadcasting coverage of the whole 2006 FIA GT Championship throughout Brazil.

The addition of a race on another continent certainly adds to the argument, put forward by SRO, that the FIA GT Championship should qualify as a World GT series in 2007. The FIA requires the chamionship to race on three continents, with an involvement from four manufacturers.

An official press release confirming this news will be issued later today (January 19).


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