The Indonesian round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, which was due to take place at the Sentul circuit 15 January, has been cancelled following the sudden death of the leader of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Sheikh Maktoum, the uncle of A1GP founder Sheikh Maktoum, was found at the Palazzo Versace resort on the Gold Coast having suffered a suspected heart attack, while in Australia on a trip designed to strengthen his already-successful horse racing stable.

Arrangements are being made to fly Sheikh Maktoum's body home as quickly as possible, and his body is expected to be buried in Dubai by sunset tomorrow [Thursday] in line with Muslim tradition, starting a 40-day period of mourning.

As part of that period of mourning the Indonesian A1GP round has now been cancelled.

"The entire staff, team owners and associates of the A1 Grand Prix family mourn the loss of a great visionary and benevolent ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh bin Rashid Al Maktoum," CEO of A1GP Tony Teixeira said. "While difficult logistically, we felt it important to observe a respectable period of mourning for this beloved family member of our founder, president and chairman, Sheikh Maktoum.

"Condolences and sympathies are respectfully offered to all the peoples of Dubai."

The Indonesian event was set to be one of the most popular on the calendar so far, with the country suffering from a lack of top class international motorsport action. Low ticket prices at the Sentul venue were set to attract a crowd of over 50,000 spectators keen to cheer on local hero Ananda Mikola.



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