Second World Touring Cars Race Added in China After Sonoma Dropped
By iSportconnect | June 30, 2014
Beijing will host a race on the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) after problems with logistics meant the US round in Sonoma, cialis price California had to be dropped.
The race at Beijing’s Goldenport Park Circuit on October 4-5 will be the first of back-to-back stages in China, with the following weekend’s race being hosted at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Eurosport Events, the WTCC’s organising body, said it had to cut the Sonoma race because the vessel carrying cars and parts to Shanghai had been cancelled.
The vessel was due to leave Oakland’s harbour on September 17, but the next available one would not leave until September 21, meaning there would not be enough time for transportation and preparation for the race on October 12.
François Ribeiro, director of operations for Eurosport Events, said: “We had to face a logistical challenge and after consulting WTCC stakeholders, we went through all possible scenarios, including date change or air freight, but we came to the conclusion that keeping Sonoma on the schedule was not viable. Chinese Touring Car Championship promoter, our partner in China, has quickly reacted to change its CTCC schedule and put together an alternative event at Beijing, the week before Shanghai.
“This will not only allow WTCC to race in the two main provinces of China, and keep raising WTCC profile in the most important car market in the world, but will also simplify logistics and save budget for the teams.”
Xia Qing, CTCC promoter, added: “Beijing Goldenport is different from Shanghai International Circuit. It will offer Chinese motorsport fans compact and intense touring car races.”