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Thursday 23 March 2017

Drive to lure F1 stars to Dublin's streets for a race spectacular

Schumacher, Hamilton and Button in talks over landmark event for 2012

Fiona Ellis

COVER your ears -- some of the world's top Formula 1 drivers will be roaring around the streets of Dublin next year.

On June 3, the streets of the capital will be transformed into a 'racing track' for the inaugural City Racing Dublin.

The organisers anticipate crowds of up to 250,000 will attend.

A similar event in Rotterdam yesterday attracted 500,000 spectators.

Former world champions Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are all in talks to take part in the Dublin event.

At least one of the stars will definitely come to the event, the organisers promised yesterday. Details will be confirmed by the end of September.

City racing, featuring high-tech F1 cars, has been taking place in Moscow and Rotterdam since 2006.

The event features demonstrations by drivers from Formula 1 with international racing cars and next year will see Dublin's quays and city centre streets used as a F1 race track.

Lotus Renault, Vodafone McLaren and Ferrari have all taken part in events elsewhere, and participating stars have included Fernando Alonso, Vitaly Petrov, David Coulthard and Adrian Sutil.

"You normally pay a premium price to see a Formula 1 car racing past but here at Bavaria we like to do things differently and bring Formula 1 close to the public and free of charge," Peer Swinkels, a board member of sponsors Bavaria, said yesterday.

"We are sure the people of Dublin will experience an unforgettable day."

The three-hour event is free -- however, there will be some VIP tickets available to buy in coming weeks.

Roads around the city centre will be closed and diversions put in place the night before.

The route will go from the Convention Centre next to the Samuel Beckett Bridge, head up to Trinity College, turn at the Central Bank and then zoom back to the quays.

Exciting

There will be huge television screens placed all along the route so crowds won't miss a moment of the action.

Patrick Cooney, managing director of Gleeson, said the day would be the most exciting event of the year.

"Having witnessed the event first hand in both Rotterdam and Moscow, I am confident this will be a great event and will be supported by both the people of Dublin and all over Ireland. It will be the most exciting event in Ireland in 2012."

For non-car enthusiasts there will be a whole host of different activities taking place over the weekend including a Spiegeltent, fashion events, live music, and a gala dinner and, of course, plenty of Bavaria after-parties.

Irish Independent

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