MOTOR RAC­ING

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1 Au­gust

The In­dian Grand Prix, one of For­mula 1 motor rac­ing’s new­est events, was dropped from the sched­ule for 2014, but will re­turn a year later. Bernie Ec­cle­stone, the For­mula 1 supremo, said an agree­ment had been reached with the race pro­moter Jaypee Sports In­ter­na­tional that, af­ter this year’s race in Oc­to­ber, the fol­low­ing edi­tion would be staged in early 2015. The In­dian Grand Prix, which is held at the Buddh In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit near Delhi, took place for the first time in 2011. Races in New Jer­sey in USA, Sochi in Rus­sia and in Austria could all be added to the For­mula 1 cal­en­dar in 2014.

18 July

Bangkok, Thai­land was named as the host of the Race of Cham­pi­ons, the in­ter­na­tional motor sports event, for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year in 2013. Bangkok’s Ra­ja­man­gala Sta­dium hosted the ROC last year for the first time, tak­ing over from Dus­sel­dorf in Ger­many, and it will do so once more on De­cem­ber 14 and 15. The end-of-sea­son com­pe­ti­tion brings to­gether the world’s top driv­ers from motor sport’s main dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing For­mula 1, world rally, tour­ing cars, Le Mans, Mo­toGP, Indy­Car and the ESPN X Games.

11 July

Ber­lin, the cap­i­tal of Ger­many, was se­lected as the 10th, and fi­nal, host of a round of motor rac­ing’s FIA For­mula E Cham­pi­onship, a new top-tier series fea­tur­ing elec­tric cars to be held on city cen­tre cir­cuits around the globe from 2014. The pro­posed race will take place on a cus­tom-made cir­cuit built within the city’s for­mer Tem­pel­hof Air­port. Lon­don, Bei­jing, Rio de Janeiro, Los An­ge­les, Rome, Mi­ami, Putrajaya (Malaysia), Buenos Aires and Bangkok are also all in con­tention to host races.

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