Rio de Janeiro to launch 2010 series

 

Rio de Janeiro is the latest high-profile venue to be added to a growing list signed up to host rounds of the Class 1 World Offshore Powerboat Championship.

The International Offshore Team Association (IOTA) confirmed that Rio de Janeiro will host the Brazilian Grand Prix on March 26-28, 2010.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome the news of the confirmation of the Class 1 Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro. The agreement between Class 1 and EBX Group is for a long-term collaboration. It demonstrates the continued interest from countries and commercial partners around the world who want to a part of the series. We are confident that as we expand our geographic, as well as our commercial reach, we will attract other new venues, especially in this new continent for Class 1,” said IOTA chairman, Gianfranco Venturelli, adding. “Class 1 is particularly excited about this news and we expect soon to see some new teams in the line-up from Brazil and South America.”

The long-term agreement between IOTA, the organiser and worldwide television and commercial rights holder of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, and EBX Group, has received the full support of the City’s Mayor, Eduardo Paes, and will see Rio de Janeiro hosting the first Class 1 Grand Prix of the modern era, with the event being held at Marina da Glória, Guanabara Bay.

“I always wanted to bring to Brazil the most modern and technologically advanced series in the world of powerboat racing. So I am very happy and excited that for first time our country will host a round of the prestigious Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.