Salzburgring event cancelled

Jarama, Spain, Sunday 20th May 2001: European Le Mans Series officials announced today the cancellation of the Salzburgring, Austria event due to the circuit's inability to comply with FIA safety requirements. An alternative venue for the August...

Jarama, Spain, Sunday 20th May 2001: European Le Mans Series officials announced today the cancellation of the Salzburgring, Austria event due to the circuit's inability to comply with FIA safety requirements. An alternative venue for the August 3-5 weekend will be announced soon.

"We are very disappointed to be making this announcement now, but were only recently made aware of the situation," stated John Macdonald, executive director of the European Le Mans Series. "The FIA has been in contact with the Salzburgring management and unfortunately there isn't time for the circuit to make the required safety improvements prior to the race. We recognise the impact that this schedule change has on all our series participants, but the safety of competitors is our top priority," added Macdonald.

Several European tracks are currently being considered with the intention of replacing the Salzburgring event with a high quality venue on the same weekend.

"This is a very frustrating announcement to make," stated Scott Atherton, president and COO of the Panoz Motor Sports Group, which includes the European Le Mans Series. "We worked with the circuits, national ruling bodies, ACO and the FIA to confirm our entire European Le Mans schedule. The schedule, including Salzburgring, was ratified last December, but unfortunately a recent development involving the Salzburgring circuit forced us to take this action. I hope everyone affected by this decision understands that we would never compromise the safety of our competitors and this decision is a direct reflection of that."

Following the success of the inaugural race at Donington, England, round two of the European Le Mans Series takes place this weekend at Jarama, Spain before moving to Estoril, Portugal, in mid-July. The Series is the natural progression of the highly successful American Le Mans Series, now in its third year, and offers the public top quality sportscar racing and unrivalled accessibility to cars and drivers.

-ELMS-

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