We've referred to the cancellation of the Monza Le Mans Series race
often enough in the Ricard test coverage - but perhaps there were
too many words in there... and it was too hard to find for some.
The noise issue
at Monza was rumbling along throughout the Sebring 12 Hours and
afterwards, and suggestions that the local legal system was going
to block several major meetings at the famous old track were picked
up last week - but the reality hit home on Sunday at Paul Ricard.
The Le Mans
Series statement reads as follows:
Cancellation of the Monza Event
The "Greens", they've lost their rose tinted glasses!
Ecologists have got the better of Monza and as a result, the Italian
round of the Le Mans Series, which is scheduled for September 23-24
! A Tribunal Order has ordered the circuit to skim its calendar,
starting with the noisiest competitions. Obviously the 1000 Km for
Prototypes and GTs was at the top of their list!
the hopes expressed by the circuit's management, a replacement event
has been actively researched for a month now. This is not an easy
task because up until now, most sporting calendars are already finalised
and a six hour race does not easily slot into the timing of an event...
Organisers of the series are expecting to be in a position to confirm
the new event during the Istanbul 1000 Km.
been lost in translation here: for "ecologists" read "environmentalists".
Brno and Estoril
have been unofficially suggested as possible circuits to host the
fifth round. The only events now on the Monza calendar for this
year are the WTCC and the grand prix.