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THE A1 FORMULA One World Cup, brainchild of Dubai billionaire Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum al Maktoum, set to come to life next year, has received backing from businessmen in three further countries. Australia, Canada and Malaysia will join the UK, China, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Africa and Portugal in the contests between drivers representing their own countries in identical Lola cars.

Manchester United coach, Carlos Queiroz, and Real Madrid star Luis Figo have bankrolled the Portuguese challenge, whereas John Surtees, the only man to win both F1 and motorcycle world titles, fronts the British entry. Tokyo Sexwale, a former freedom fighter and cellmate of Nelson Mandela, is in charge of South Africa’s bid. President, Thabo Mbeki, has unveiled two cars bearing the numbers 46664 and 2020 – Mandela’s prison number and the year South Africa will host the football World Cup.