V8 Supercars has confirmed that it won’t race in Malaysia this year, due to the cancellation of the Kuala Lumpur City Grand Prix
The event has been subject to an ongoing legal battle between former and new promoters for months, with local reports surfacing several weeks back that cancellation was likely.
V8 Supercars set an end of May deadline to see if there would be a successful resolution, but has now confirmed that the event won’t go ahead – at least this year.
“We have been formally advised by the Malaysian promoter that due to ongoing legal action in Malaysia, to which we’re not a party, there is insufficient time to prepare the street circuit in Kuala Lumpur for the event on 12-14 August. The event has therefore been cancelled,” said Supercars CEO James Warburton.
“We apologise to our fans for any inconvenience, but unfortunately this is a matter outside of our control. We explored a number of other options with the Malaysian promoter to ensure this year's race went ahead including moving the event to the Sepang International Circuit but this was simply not possible.”
Warburton added that the news doesn’t mean the event is off for good, saying that the four-year agreement is still in place.
"We have a four year agreement to race in Malaysia until the end of 2019 and we look forward to returning to Kuala Lumpur when all the local legal issues have been resolved,” he said.
“We believe this event on the streets of KL will be one not to be missed.
"We are absolutely committed to continuing to expand the series into Asia and are currently considering a number of other options to race in the region beyond 2016.”
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