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Bahrain to open 2006 Formula One season

October 26, 2005 19:09 IST

Bahrain will be the opening Grand Prix in a 19-race Formula One championship next year, local organisers said on Wednesday.

The Gulf Kingdom will start the season on March 12, with Malaysia following a week later on March 19 and then Australia on April 2.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity for us to showcase our organisational and technical abilities on the world's most prestigious motorsport stage," said Bahrain International Circuit general manager Martin Whitaker in a statement.

The Australian Grand Prix has been the season-opener since 1996 but has been pushed back to avoid a clash with the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

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