America's Cup. Team Germany up beat about Grand Prix series, names date of first event

Tuesday, 11 March 2008


Mirko Groeschner of United Internet Team Germany is very hopeful that the America’s Cup Grand Prix series that he working on will take place this year.

Groeschner told BYM News that he could confirm that they were in very positive talks with four European cities: A northern Europe city that does not want to be named at present; Kiel in Germany, Trieste in Italy and Valencia in Spain. If negotiations reach a successful conclusion the first event would be held at the unnamed northern European city on July 13 and each city involved would host a Grand Prix event for about a week. “We area small organisation,” said Groeschner “so we are focusing on cities that have a connection with one of the teams that would take part, so that the team is in a position to undertake the lobbying and logistics. I am really optimistic because of the positive reactions from potential host cities, teams and international sponsors. There is great interest out there in America’s Cup style racing.”

“It is too early to confirm which teams will enter,” Groeschner said “but we have strong interest from both existing AC 33 challengers and potential ones.” Asked if Alinghi would be welcome in the competition, Groeschner replied “I know Ernesto Bertarelli mentioned this in Italy and I can say that we will welcome them if they are really ready to join.” He added that they have already been having discussions with ACM regarding organisational aspects.

Groeschner said that Team Germany had been very fortunate in having sponsors that had allowed it to avoid laying off anyone up to now. He said “I think we are the only team that has had its full squad, under full payment until now, but the America’s Cup contracts expire on March 31. Our sponsors, United Internet, Audi and Porsche Consulting have all said that they will support us in an America’s Cup Grand Prix circuit, but there will have to be new contracts.”

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 March 2008 )