The World Touring Car Championship has made a change to the current season calendar, with the Chinese event moving from Guangdong to Shanghai. The date of the penultimate event of the season will remain unchanged on the 6th of November.
The reason for the change in venue has not yet been revealed, although the event will still take place alongside the final round of the Chinese Touring Car Championship (CTCC).
The WTCC had been set to make its debut on the new Guangdong International Circuit, which opened in 2009. The track, located relatively close to the following Macau event, is used regularly for many Chinese Championships. Instead the WTCC has been forced to find an alternative venue at very short notice.
“After everything had been arranged for the event at the Guangdong International Circuit, a couple of weeks ago we were told by the promoter of the China Touring Car Championship that it was not possible to carry on with the event as scheduled,” explained WTCC promoter Marcello Lotti.
“For the time being, we are unable to share further details about the reasons for the cancellation. However we wish to thank the CTCC promoter for having managed to salvage the event by moving it to Shanghai.”
The exact details for the new venue will be announced in due course, with both the Shanghai International Circuit and the Tianma International Circuit possible locations.