New ice races planned for 2001

Finland, USA and Ukraine have been earmarked to host ice events in 2001 as part of a new race series

New ice races planned for 2001

FIA president Max Mosely was at Chamonix to preside, with FFSA president Regis, at the launch of the ISRI, the Ice Race Series International.

The series, the idea for which originated with Chamonix organiser Franz Hummel, has two rounds this year, in Chamonix and Sherbrooke in Canada.

Next year they hope to have four rounds, with talks currently underway with Aspen, USA, Ukraine and Finland.

It is hoped that the internationalisation of the series will bring in more manufacturers and drivers, to move ice-racing away from its French origins.

"It's an ambitious project, and we want to do things progressively, and keep to the high level of professionalism we have at Chamonix," said Hummel.

"The series could eventually have eight to ten races," Mosely said, adding, " I think there could be great interest in this form of racing in the USA, where it would be totally new and different."

"The FIA can encourage it's international members, and can give series organisers help in technical and safety matters. We are there if we are needed, but we don't want to interfere."

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