The fifth round of the 2008/09 A1GP season in Indonesia has been cancelled after the Lippo Village circuit failed to meet construction deadlines put in place by the FIA.
The new venue has been due to host the World Cup of Motorsport on the weekend of 6-8 February, but with aspects of the circuit construction not meeting deadlines put down by the governing body, the FIA was unable to give a circuit licence in time for the event to take place on its due date.
“Obviously it is extremely disappointing for all concerned and not the news any of us wanted,” A1GP CEO Pete da Silva said. “The bottom line is, for safety reasons, A1GP cannot race on a circuit that does not meet or has not received the necessary licence from the FIA, so we have no other option but to cancel all plans to bring the A1GP show to Indonesia in three weeks' time.”
With no plans to run the Indonesian race at a later date, the series will now go from Taupo next time out to South Africa, which will now host the fifth round of the year on 20-22 February.