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Race of Champions ends bid to reinstate Bangkok event

Organisers of the Race of Champions have abandoned plans to reschedule the 2013 edition of the motorsport event after they were unable to find an alternate date.

The event, which gathers the leading stars from a variety of motorsport series, was originally scheduled to take place in Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-15, 2013, but political unrest in the Thai capital led to the event being cancelled.

The Sports Authority of Thailand, along with event organisers, had hoped to rearrange the event but have now abandoned efforts due to date clashes with the 2014 motorsport calendar and the ongoing political situation in Bangkok, where martial law was imposed yesterday (Tuesday).

A statement from event organisers read: “The Race Of Champions has been held all over the world for 25 consecutive years, including a successful ROC 2012 in Bangkok, and we hope to return to the Thai capital city to repeat that success at a future event.”

Reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, who has been in a coma since the end of December after suffering serious head injuries in a skiing accident, were among the drivers scheduled to appear at the event.