The upcoming FIA World Touring Car Championship round in Thailand is under threat of cancellation unless issues with the event’s promoter can be resolved.
The Race of Thailand made its WTCC debut last year with the Chang International Circuit in Buriram playing host to the series’ first twilight race, and it was provisionally slated to stage the penultimate round of the 2016 season in November.
Doubts about the event emerged at last weekend’s championship round in Argentina, with WTCC promoter Eurosport Events subsequently confirming that the round could be cancelled.
“During WTCC Race of Argentina at Termas de Rio Hondo last week, we informed the FIA and the teams about a difficulty with the Thai ASN, which was the promoter of WTCC Race of Thailand in 2015 but does not seem to be in a position to put on a World Championship event to FIA standards anymore,” a statement reads.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council will formally announce its decision on the staging or cancellation of the event when it next meets in September.
It is unclear as yet whether series organisers will seek to stage a replacement event.
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