Asia series forced to call off Bahrain event

Asia series forced to call off Bahrain event

Author: Nancy Knapp Schilke

The GP2 Asia series has only three rounds on their 2011 schedule and the season opener at Abu Dhabi in the UAE was last weekend but round two was to be held at the Bahrain International Circuit this weekend. Today the series announced that the event in Sakhir, Bahrain has been cancelled.

Yesterday, the series had to make a change to the schedule with practice and qualifying moved to Friday due to the unrest that is currently taking place in Bahrain and the needed medical help for the citizens.

With the increased violence between the anti-government protesters and the Bahrain authorities, the series had to call off the event.

Per the GP2 website: "Following the current events in Bahrain, at the request of the Bahrain Motorsport Federation, it has been decided that the remainder of the meeting which was supposed to take place this week at Bahrain International Circuit is cancelled due to force majeure."

The top ladder series for Formula One actually had two weekends scheduled at the circuit and it remains to be seen if the meeting in March will take place in Bahrain. That weekend is slated to be held in conjunctions with the Formula One season opener.

The premier open-wheel series, F1, still has a scheduled testing at the venue but that too is now in jeopardy due to the current situation.

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Series FIA F2
Tags asia, bahrain, gp2, middel east