Monégasque ASN rules out TCR race at the Monaco Grand Prix

The national sporting authority (ASN) of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM), has denied any contact has taken place between them and the promoter of the TCR International Series, and that the FIA World Motor Sport Council has not included the event on the FIA 2017 International Series Calendar.

The TCR International Series announced its 2017 schedule last week, confirming the fourth round of its season would take place on the streets of Monaco as a support event of the Formula 1 World Championship. This would be the second of three occasions in 2017 where they’d run with Formula 1, the first being at Bahrain and the third at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

However, it’s since emerged that the FIA and the ACM have not been involved in the negotiations between the TCR promoter, World Sporting Consulting Ltd. and F1’s promoter Formula One Management (FOM) about their plans, and the motorsport governing body the FIA has not included the event on the International Series Calendar, on which all non-national series and championships need to register.

In respect of the TCR International Series’ inclusion of Monaco on their calendar, the ACM released this statement to TouringCarTimes:

“The Automobile Club de Monaco absolutely contradicts this untruth (sic) information. No contact has ever been made between TCR International Series and the Automobile Club de Monaco. For this reason, at the FIA World Motor Sport Council held in Vienna (Austria) on 30th November 2016, the Automobile Club de Monaco clarified, during the vote of the International Series’ s calendars, to not register the TCR International Series on the Circuit de Monaco.”

The TCR International Series has been approached for comment.