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Superleague cancels Asian races, 2011 season finishes early

Superleague Formula Assen 2011Superleague Formula organisers have announced the cancellation of the Asian rounds of the series.

The news comes less than a month after the series announced it had also cancelled its South American events.

Superleague said it could not "reach terms" with Chinese local authorities.

Beijing was to host a race on October 29/30 and Shanghai a week later, before also making its first appearance in South Korea on November 12/13.

The Korean round has been cancelled too, and so the 2011 season has ended after just two rounds in the Netherlands and Belgium.

"While everyone at Superleague Formula recognises this is an unsatisfactory outcome for the thousands of fans, it was simply not possible to travel to China with certain details still to be agreed," said competitions director Robin Webb.

"That this announcement has come so close to the first scheduled event is testament to the championship's tireless attempts to stage the races as planned, especially after the warm welcome we received in China last season.

"Naturally I am as frustrated as anyone that the championship will not be visiting Asia this year. I would like to reassure fans however that plans are already well advanced in putting together a much-improved package for 2012, announcements on which will be made in due course."

Earlier this year, the series had also cancelled its season finale in New Zealand.

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