Following discussions with teams, manufacturers and drivers, the SPEED EuroSeries calendar has been reshaped in line with competitor requirements.
The new look schedule will feature an 8 race, 4 meeting championship with runs at Brands Hatch, Dijon and Spa making up the series following the opening 2 rounds at the FIA World Touring Car Championship event at the Hungaroring in May.
Oli McCrudden, SPEED coordinator: “The constructive meeting we held recently indicated that there is a clear desire for the series to continue. The specific points that were made clear included a desire for a series of events consolidated around more northern European venues and sticking with the traditional SPEED 2-race format.”
The Brands Hatch event will replace the Nurburgring meeting originally included on the calendar. The German organisers, under schedule pressures at their busy event, had been forced to reduce the SPEED content to 3 x 20 minute sessions and required the series to join with another championship on track, neither of which would fit in with the championship’s FIA regulations.
“Its a shame not to be at the Ring but circumstances dictate the change and we will aim to run a full programme there in 2014,” continued McCrudden. “The UK organising clubs extremely supportive in looking to help the SPEED EuroSeries. We worked with our firends at the BRSCC in looking at a Donington potential but ultimately the competitor response was not string enough. We included a meeting at Brands Hatch on the calendar at the start of the season and will maintain that on our schedule as rounds 3 and 4. The Brands Hatch GP track is fantastic; it is one of those great circuits of the world. It gives the UK teams an important opportunity to race in front of their home crowd and is accesible for our European teams.”
The planned Navarra event has also been cancelled at the teams’ request. “The Navarra organsers were offering a fantastic opportunity to race in a new location at a high quality facility and we will certainly work to get there in 2014, but clearly the challenge for 2013 is to focus on traditional race venues in established markets for teams and manufacturers,” said McCrudden.
The Brands Hatch event schedule will see qualifying and Race 1 take place on Saturday 27th July, with a second race on the Sunday. Testing is available on Friday 26th July booked through the circuit.For more information, visit the MSVR website. Click here.