Macau organiser Bland quits after 33 years
Teams have been left confused as to the future of the Macau F3 Grand Prix after long-serving race organiser Barry Bland stepped down last week.
Bland’s Motor Race Consultants firm has coordinated the prestigious event since it became an F3 race in 1983. Bland notified teams last week that he has withdrawn from the Macau GP organisation with immediate effect.
The closing date for entries for the November 17-20 event was last Friday [Sept 9] but has been extended by a week, during which time teams should finally receive the sporting regulations.
Up until 2015 Bland negotiated with the Macau Grand Prix Committee, which has since been replaced by the Macau Sports Bureau and national ASN, the AAMC. It is up to the FIA and the AAMC to approve and release the regulations.
Fortec’s Richard Dutton said: “It’s very, very strange and nobody really knows where they stand with entries or regulations or anything. It’s not good preparation for one of the best events of the year.”
Bland told Autosport: “The way we’re now being asked to operate is not very satisfactory for us. Everything is running very late, there are a lot of unanswered questions and I don’t wish to put our reputation on the block for something we’re not happy with.”