World Touring Car championship boss Marcello Lotti has revealed that the cancellation of the Buenos Aires round from the 2011 WTCC season schedule was due to the work required to bring the circuit up to standard would not have been completed in time.
The series had been due to make its debut at the Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez – which also hosted the Formula 1 series for 20 Grands Prix between 1953 and 1998 – in early April, but the FIA World Motor Sport Council dropped the event and replaced it with a round at Belgium’s Zolder circuit scheduled for late April.
“Our plan to race in Argentina reached a deadlock because the event promoter and the local government were not in a position to grant the work that needed to be done to re-homologate the Buenos Aires circuit in time for the event,” Lotti said in a statement, while adding that he hoped Argentina would play host to the WTCC in future seasons.
“Therefore we have jointly decided to put off the championship’s first visit to Argentina until all the issues are solved and we will work together to make this happen in the near future,” he added.
Lotti also added his relief that Zolder was able to fill the vacancy on the 2011 calendar.
“The logical choice was Zolder which hosted the WTCC this year in a very successful event,” he added.
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