BULGARIA WANTS F1 RACE FOR 2011

Bulgaria is looking to secure a place on the Formula 1 calendar in 2011 next week, when officials will meet with Bernie Ecclestone in Germany.

Bulgarian Motorcycling Federation president Bogdan Nikolov told the Reuters news agency that the organising committee's chief had been invited to the German Grand Prix to discuss the plans with the Formula 1 supremo.

"We've already submitted our plan a few months ago and it was considered by Formula One Management," Nikolov said of the plans unveiled in December.

"According to the draft, Bulgaria could sign a contract to host a Formula 1 race between 2011 and 2015 and there's an option for a contract extension until 2020."

Nikolov said the track, yet to be built, would likely be near the town of Pleven.