Sports Listings: Plan Ahead

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ALAIN PROST may or may not return to defend his title at the San Marino Grand Prix, the first race in Europe in this year's Formula One championship, but there will be enough talent, like Michael Schumacher and Martin Brundle, second and third last year, on his trail. The race, on 1 May, falls conveniently on a bank holiday weekend.

The Imola circuit is undulating, which produces spectacular driving and provides very good vantage points, particularly the Tosa hairpin, the first serious bend. Here the hillside has been developed and the Tosa Green Terrace, at a reasonable price, offers views of the straight and the slight Villeneuve bend leading into the hairpin. At the far end of the track, the popular hillside above the Rivazza bend provides clear views of the two corners as the drivers head towards the Marlboro chicane and the finish.

Page and Moy Ltd, of Leicester, Motor Racing International, of Sandwich, and the Uxbridge-based Airtrack Services Ltd specialise in grand prix trips. Page and Moy has five tours, starting with a two-night coach trip at pounds 159 per person. Motor Racing International has two itineraries, its three-night long weekend by air includes both practice days and costs pounds 359. Airtrack offers two trips, flying from London to Bologna, starting at pounds 315 per person for three nights.

Just Ticket and Motoring Limited, of Dover, along with Motor Racing International provide a tickets-only service.

San Marino Grand Prix, 29 April-1 May

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola (Tel: 010 39 542 31444).

Tickets: Friday: General admission and stands (C, D, G, H, I, M) L25,000 (pounds 10), children 14 and under L15,000; Fiat Grandstand (A) L50,000, Pirelli Stand (B), Tosa Green Terrace (V) L40,000. Saturday: General admission L30,000, L20,000; Stands A L80,000, B and V L50,000, Marlboro (I) L50,000, Crediot Romagnolo (M) L60,000. Sunday: General admission L45,000, L30,000; Stands A L350,000, B 250,000, V L90,000, Gilles Villeneuve (C) L180,000, Elio de Angelis (D) L200,000, T Nuvolari (G) L150,000, Nuova Copma (H) L160,000, I L220,000, Agip Petroli (L) L180,000, M L240,000. Tickets also available from: Automobile Club Bologna, 40122 Bologna, Via Calori 9/D. (Tel: 010 39 51 522075, 522158, 522159; fax 522085, 552518); Ufficio di Stato per il Turismo, 47031 Repubblica di San Marino, Contrado Omagnano 20 (Tel: 010 39 549 882410, 882406, 882407; fax 990388).

Page and Moy Ltd, 136-140 London Road, Leicester LE2 1EN (Tel: 0533-524344).

Airtrack Services Ltd, 16-17 Windsor Street, Uxbridge UB8 1AB (Tel: 0895-270921; fax 0895-254088).

Motor Racing International, Golden Key Building, 15 Market Street, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9DA (Tel: 0304-612424; fax 0304-614930).

Just Ticket and Motoring Limited, 1 Charterhouse, Camden Crescent, Dover CT16 1LE (Tel: 0304-228866; fax 0304-225123).

Italian State Tourist Office, 1 Princes Street, London W1R 8AY (Tel: 071-408 1254).