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FIGO SETS UP REAL RIVALRY IN A1 GRAND PRIX

Figo and Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz are among the franchise holders of A1 Team Portugal and ex-Formula One driver Pedro Lamy will lead the outfit, chief executive Luis Vicente said.



Figo’s involvement sets up an intriguing clash with his club Real Madrid team mate Ronaldo who is backing the Brazilian team.



The Dubai-based championship, billed as the “World Cup of Motor Racing”, plans to start at Brands Hatch, England on September 25 to fill European winter months when there is no Formula One racing.



The single-seater 3.4 litre V8 cars will be provided by A1 and run on a franchise basis by 16 national teams with drivers and sponsors from that country.



The teams are: Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey.