2013 Abu Dhabi Sidelined, 2014 Date Being Explored
By: V8 Supercars
V8 Supercars and Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management are exploring the potential for a new date for 2014 after it was announced that an event at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this year had been sidelined.
V8 Supercars raced as the only support category to Formula One at the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit last November; however, participation at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is subject to the approval of the Formula One entities.
V8 Supercars announced late last year its dates for 2013, which included the Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The FOM advisory, however, means there is no space for V8 Supercars this year; and it is too late to find an alternative based on the standing calendar, and the Yas Marina Circuit schedule.
“V8 Supercars have been absolutely amazing in the three years we’ve worked with them building a fanbase for the sport locally and in the Region,” Yas Marina Circuit CEO Richard Cregan said today. “As one of the most exciting motorsport categories in the world we hope to see them back at Yas Marina Circuit soon.”
V8 Supercars CEO David Malone said the category understands the decision of FOM based on its calendar requirements for the GP2 and GP3 categories. The V8 Supercars Board and all teams have been advised and are comfortable with the decision for 2013.
It means the teams will have more time to recover and prepare for the Phillip Island 400 in November which now follows the last of the endurance season, the Armor All Gold Coast 600.
“It has always been clear that FOM ultimately decides, or approves, ‘support’ categories that run in conjunction with Formula One,” Mr. Malone said.
“We were acutely aware of this when we announced the 2013 calendar, with FOM then making this decision in late December. We thoroughly enjoy competing alongside Formula One and are absolutely comfortable with this news.
“There are contingencies in place and we will discuss the options, which may include racing on an alternate date to Formula One in 2014, with Yas Marina Circuit as soon as possible.
“What is very clear is the outstanding relationship we have with Richard Cregan and his team at Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management; and a committed combined will to find an alternative solution that fits for all.
“V8 Supercars and ADMM will announce any new arrangements as soon as they are decided.”
The V8 Supercar season opens with a pre-season test day for all teams at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 16, then the amazing Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from February 28 – March 3.