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2013 Race Of Champions Canned As Political Strife Grips Thailand

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Every year, champions and top drivers from the motorsport world convene on one venue to pit their skills against one another. Known as the Race of Champions, the motorsport spectacular draws huge crowds to arena venues for a show they just won't see elsewhere.

Only this year, there will be no Race of Champions. Due to take place in Bangkok on December 14-15, the event has been cancelled due to the current political situation in Thailand. The capital has seen protests and violent clashes in recent weeks. In a statement, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the organizers of the Race of Champions confirmed that the event cannot take place as planned, offering their thoughts to the Thai people and a quick resolution.

The Race of Champions has been held at venues across the world for 25 years now, and last year's event, also in Bangkok, passed without issue. The event was won by Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean, with multiple Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen finishing runner-up. Germany has won the Nations' Cup title at the event for the last six years--fielding the Formula 1 steamroller of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

Organizers say they are looking at options for rescheduling this year's event--but hosting the event in Bangkok depends on the current political situation cooling off. Fans who have purchased tickets are being urged to contact their ticketing agent for refund details.

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