FIA European GT3. Dubai Season Finale Cancelled

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The final round of the FIA GT3 European Championship, due to be held at the Dubai Autodrome in November, has been cancelled. Organisers are looking to move the event to the Zolder racetrack in Belgium instead.

The Autodrome, owned by Union Properties, issued a statement thanking the event organisers for their support in previous years, and their “understanding of these circumstances”.

“We look forward to welcoming them back in years to come, for the event which has been a mainstay of the Dubai motorsport calendar,” the statement said.

Stephane Ratel, chairman of GT3 promoter SRO Ltd, said: “We have been working with the management of the Dubai Autodrome to find a solution.

“Regrettably these efforts were unsuccessful and today we have made a request to the FIA to move the final races of the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championship to Zolder on the same weekend as the final round of the FIA GT Championship.

“I would like to thank everyone at the Dubai Autodrome for their hard work and we hope we will be able to return there in the near future.”

No official reason has been released for the cancellation of the event, although Union Properties, which owns the Autodrome, has been hit hard by the global economic downturn.

Earlier this week, the Autodrome unveiled its provisional calendar for the 2009/2010 season, which included a renewed focus on local, grass roots motorsports, including the introduction of a new UAE GT Championship.

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  1. Such a shame, this event along with the newly sponsored Dunlop 24hr Dubai were my Fav events held there…Dunno what the issue is and not too concerned about the politics either but we have lost yet another great petrolhead event…Suppose the moaning anti-motorsport dicks who have bought houses around the circuit are happy enough though!!!

  2. What a shame…

    was really looking forward to that one (and comparing their lap times to our boys in the UAETCC) 😉

    What does that leave us on the calendar for this year then? Guessing it’s just the Dubai 24 hours race now?