Beijing confirmed as Sonoma replacement

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved the request of Eurosport Events to replace the WTCC race weekend at Sonoma for Beijing.

“We had to face a logistic challenge and after consulting WTCC stake holders, we went through all possible scenarios, including date change or air freight, but we came to the conclusion that keeping Sonoma on schedule was not viable,” said François Ribeiro, director of operations Eurosport Events.

The race will take place on October 5th at Beijing’s Goldenport Motor Park and will be held in cooperation with the promotors of the Chinese Touring Car Championship.

”The Chinese Touring Car Championship promoter, our partner in China, has quickly reacted to change its CTCC schedule and put together an alternative event at Beijing, the week before Shanghai. This will not only allow WTCC to race in the two main provinces of China, and keep raising WTCC profile in the most important car market in the world, but will also simplify logistics and save budget for the teams,” said Ribeiro.

The WTCC race at Goldenport Motor Park is still subject to the ASN’s approval.