Schu­macher’s kart­ing cir­cuit set to close

Manila Times - - MOTOR SPORTS - AFP

BER­LIN: The kart­ing cir­cuit where stricken ex-For­mula One world cham­pion Michael Schu­macher started his ca­reer is to close ahead of it be­ing torn up by a min­ing a new home.

The go-kart­ing track at Ker­penMan­heim near Cologne, where Schu­macher, his brother Ralf and four- time For­mula One cham- pion Se­bas­tian Vet­tel all be­gan their mo­tor­sport ca­reers, is due to close in 2020.

The ground un­der the track, twothirds of which is re­port­edly owned by Michael Schu­macher, is set to be torn up for coal as it lies on the edge of a planned min­ing area.

“There will be no new go-kart track,” Schu­macher’s younger brother, Ralf, also a for­mer For- mula One driver, told Cologne daily news­pa­per Ex­press.

“A joint search with (Ger­man util­i­ties provider) RWE has not led to a new lo­ca­tion be­ing found.

“It’s a shame—both a tra­di­tion and a suc­cess­ful youth ven­ture are dy­ing at the same time.”

Michael Schu­macher, 49, con­tin­ues to re­cover at home in Switzer­land and has not been seen in public since suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous head in­juries in De­cem­ber 2013 while on a skiing hol­i­day in the French Alps.

The club, which has 550 mem­bers, has been of­fered com­pen­sa­tion by RWE, but “what we need is a kart­ing cir­cuit, with­out one there won’t be a club any­more,” said club president Ger­hard Noack. For­mer Ger­man F1 driver, Ralf Schu­macher, looks on at the kart­ing cir­cuit in Ker­pen, lo­cated 30 kilo­me­ters from Cologne in western Ger­many on Thurs­day.


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