This year’s Race of Champions has been cancelled, it was announced today.
The event, which pits teams of racers from the highest levels of motorsport against each other on an indoor track, was scheduled to take place in Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on the 14th and 15th of this month.
However, there have been violent scenes across Thailand is the past days, as protesters try to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The organisers opted to cancel the event on safety grounds, in a similar decision to the cancellation of the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix.
“The Sports Authority of Thailand and the organisers of the 2013 Race Of Champions have announced that the event cannot take place as planned on December 14-15 due to the current political situation in Bangkok,” said the statement released by the organisers.
“Our thoughts are with the Thai people during this difficult period and we wish that a peaceful solution will soon be found. “The Race Of Champions has been held all over the world for 25 consecutive years and we are currently looking at options of repeating the success of last year’s event in Bangkok on another date.
“Fans who have already purchased tickets for this year’s Race Of Champions should contact Thai Ticket Major or their ticketing agent for further information on refunds.”