The SAR's top drivers could get to rub shoulders with the Formula One elite if negotiations to include a Hong Kong Touring Car Championship round in the schedule for next year's inaugural Chinese Grand Prix are successful. The Hong Kong Automobile Association (HKAA) said discussions are taking place to stage a round at the Shanghai International Circuit when the F1 circus debuts on the mainland next September. 'We are looking at the possibility of being a support race for the Grand Prix,' confirmed HKAA chief executive Andrew Windebank, who declined to go into more detail. 'It's still very early in the process.' The talks are part of broader discussions to relocate the Hong Kong championship, which has been running since the 1970s and is staged at the Zhuhai International Circuit. The series is staged over seven rounds, but may be extended to 10 next year if the switch takes place. 'We would get a choice of two circuits, the Tiama Circuit and the new Shanghai International Circuit, which should be operating in March or April and will need to run proving races before the Grand Prix on September 26,' said Windebank. 'It's going to be a very high-profile circuit, which would be good for our competitors in terms of gaining sponsorship. It's also technically a more demanding circuit than Zhuhai. They're aiming to be the best circuit in Asia,'' he said. 'They've seen Sepang in Malaysia and they're aiming to better it. At the moment, however, it's all in the air. As you can imagine everyone is bidding for the Shanghai circuit.' Meanwhile, the Hong Kong championship will complete its 2003 season at Zhuhai this weekend with rounds six and seven deciding both the champion and the qualifiers for one of the East Asian Games Cup races at the Macau Grand Prix.