No Monza LMS
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:

The 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!

Despite 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...

The Organisers of the series are expecting to be in a position to confirm the new event during the Istanbul 1000 Km.

Something has 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.

 

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