Beijing event to be non-points race
|By Charles Bradley||Thursday, October 7th 2010, 15:12 GMT|
This weekend's Superleague Formula round at Beijing in China will be non-championship, as the all-new street circuit around the 2008 Olympic Games rowing arena has failed to gain the required FIA Grade 2 status.
A section of track between Turns 5 and 6 is deemed too narrow for the FIA's regulations, even run under yellow flags, so the event will run as a Chinese national race, which means points cannot be given out.
The €280,000 prize money will be awarded, and a 19-car grid is confirmed for the three races.
Ordos super final winner Earl Bamber gives up his FC Porto seat to Alvaro Parente, as the Portuguese racer has solved his visa problem. Bamber will be on the grid, however, racing for PSV Eindhoven in place of Adderly Fong.
In another change, former race winner Paul Meijer will return to the series with Atletico Madrid, in place of the injured Bruno Mendez, who broke his thumb in a crash at Ordos.