It’s too dangerous in Thailand right now for the Race of Champions to be held, so it will be cancelled for the first time since it started in 1988.
Intended to take place on December 14 and 15, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the race organizers say the event cannot take place as planned. A new date hasn’t been set, but a statement issued through the race website says organizers are trying to find new dates.
This year’s race was supposed to happen in Bangkok, Thailand, but massive protests against the government are prompting organizers to pull the plug. Parts of the city around government buildings are trashed and the past week saw at least three people killed and many more wounded. Protesters are demanding that Yingluck Shinawatra, the current prime minister, step down and be replaced by an unelected “people’s council” of leaders.
The Race of Champions, not to be confused with the defunct International Race of Champions (IROC), sees drivers from F1, WRC, NASCAR, sports cars and touring cars racing gather and race against elimination in a round-robin format. The cars used during the races vary each year and are assigned to the two drivers during the run.