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Wednesday, 15 May, 2002, 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK
Chelsea join Premier1 series
Chelsea join Leeds, Benfica, Feyenoord and Anderlecht in Premier1
Chelsea are the latest club to sign up to Premier1
Britain's Johnny Herbert hopes to line up for Chelsea in the new Premier1 Grand Prix motor racing series scheduled for next year.

Organisers said on Wednesday that Chelsea had signed up alongside their English Premiership rivals Leeds United.

Premier1 aims to unite football and motorsport - cars will race in the livery of top clubs.


We see Premier1 Grand Prix as a brilliant chance to broaden our fan base
Chelsea chairman Ken Bates

"I've been a Chelsea fan all my life and this drive would be one of the options I'd look at for the future depending on my success in America where I'm racing at the moment," said former Formula One driver Herbert.

Chelsea chairman Ken Bates is happy for the club to join the new venture.

"We see Premier1 Grand Prix as a brilliant chance to broaden our fan base, both here and abroad," said Chelsea chairman Ken Bates.

Dutch UEFA Cup champions Feyenoord Rotterdam, Portugal's Benfica and Belgium's Anderlecht have already committed to the series and Premier1 said that other leading European clubs would be announced soon.

The series was originally scheduled to start later this year but has been postponed until March 2003.

Premier1 has still to say what cars will be used after British-based Reynard, the firm originally commissioned to build them, went into receivership in March.

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