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WTCR promoter confirm legal action against Salzburgring

Eurosport Events, the World Touring Car Cup promoter, has confirmed it will proceed with legal actions against the Salzburgring organisation over being forced to move the season start.

“It has created a number of significant logistical problems and caused serious inconvenience for our teams. This means financial and reputation damage,” said François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events.

“Eurosport’s legal department is consequently preparing legal proceedings at court in London against Salzburgring to protect the WTCR’s interests.”

The move from Salzburgring to Zolder was announced earlier today, less than two weeks ahead of the season start.

“We were finalising the operational preparations for the season opener with the Salzburgring management and were shocked by their unilateral decision, less than three weeks before the event, to decide to no longer host the event,” said Ribeiro.

The season opener weekend at Zolder will be held behind closed doors and the plan for onsite spectators for the coming races is yet to be decided in light of the ongoing pandemic.

“Even though we’re unlikely to be able to welcome fans to our six race weekends, we will soon be proposing a fan experience with a difference using all our social media, online and broadcast resources,” said Ribeiro.

“We have lots of exciting plans in place to satisfy the demand and make sure our fans can still enjoy the action but from the safety of their homes. But, above all, please be safe and follow all the government guidelines.”