Motor Racing: China ready for F1 grand prix

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China could stage a Formula One grand prix next year at a new track in the southern city of Zhuhai, according to reports in Hong Kong.

The reports indicate that the circuit is one of two reserve venues for the 1998 World Championship if either Belgium or Portugal should lose their races. Kyalami, in South Africa, is the other track on stand-by.

"We are ready to hold a Formula One race and the circuit is up to standard. All the facilities are ready We are very optimistic about our chances," Joe Lim Hun-beng, a director of the Zhuhai Circuit, told the South China Morning Post.