Le Mans Malaysia Postponement Puts Hold On Nations Cup International Ambitions THE first overseas race for drivers and cars from the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship has been called off as a result of the postponement of the ...
Le Mans Malaysia Postponement Puts Hold On Nations Cup International Ambitions
THE first overseas race for drivers and cars from the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship has been called off as a result of the postponement of the American and European Le Mans Series grand final planned for Malaysia in November.
A contingent of at least 15 Australian-based exotic sports cars from the Nations Cup, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Viper and Porsche, was expected to enter for the Race of Champions weekend at the Sepang Formula 1 circuit near Kuala Lumpur on 8-11 November.
However, the Malaysian promoters Automobili Motorsports announced this week the meeting had been called off until early next year in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the United States.
Under a deal between Nations Cup organiser PROCAR Australia and the Malaysian host company, the Australian visitors would have competed against invited Asian teams in the major support races for the Le Mans Series.
PROCAR Australia Chief Executive Ross Palmer said the decision to delay the Le Mans event was disappointing but understandable.
"With recent world events, the viability of the Nations Cup race in Malaysia was unsettled and the security of our teams travelling to the region was called into question," Mr Palmer said.
"We have worked hard to do everything within our power to ensure that our first overseas event would have been a great success, but we will continue to be open to further opportunities in the Asian region.
"The Nations Cup concept of the world's greatest production sports car marques competing against each other is unique and internationally attractive. I'm confident we'll be racing offshore eventually."