Supercars has finally confirmed the series will not travel to Malaysia in August after legal problems have derailed the ‘extravaganza’ event.
Velocity reported last month that mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz, had confirmed that the event would not go ahead owing to a dispute between the current and former promoter.
Contacted for comment at the time, Supercars remained tight lipped on the subject, saying only that CEO James Warburton had recently traveled to Malaysia to discuss the event.
“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,” Warburton confirmed today.
“The event has therefore been cancelled.
“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.
“”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.
“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.”
The cancellation of the Kuala Lumpur event, and the fact it will no be replaced on the 2016 calendar, brings the total number of rounds down to 14.
It also creates more than a month’s break between events at Queensland Raceway in July and Sydney Motorsport Park at the end of August.
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