The A1GP World of Motorsport has been forced to cancel the eighth round of the 2008/09 season because of the recent outbreaks of swine flu
A1GP Mexico City was set to race on 22-24 May, butthe UK Foreign Office has cancelled non essential travel to Mexico.
Now this weekend’s race in the UK, A1GP Brands Hatch, will be the final deciding round of the championship.
“To say we are disappointed to have to make this call is an understatement,” said A1GP Chairman, Tony Teixeira.
“When the news of the health problems broke last week we made sure we kept ourselves up to date with the latest information. It soon became obvious this was not an isolated health risk, and when the UK Foreign Office put out its advisory and the World Health Organization raised the level of influenza pandemic alert that was when we had to make our decision. We must have the safety of all members of the A1GP community as well as the thousands of loyal fans in Mexico City as our prime concern,” he added.
The cargo was due to be flown out to Mexico directly after the Brands Hatch race and so this was another factor in the decision.
“If we had flown our cars out and not been able to send the teams to run them it would have been a waste of time and money. However, this cancellation does not impact on the future of the series and once Brands Hatch is over we shall be concentrating on Season Five, for which plans are already well advanced,” said Teixeira.
Going into this weekend's race there are three teams who could still win the trophy - A1Team Switzerland, A1 Team Ireland and A1 Team Portugal. This will mean the title race will go down to the wire as none of these teams can win the title in the Sprint race.
If nations are tied on points at the end of the season, the number of victories will determine the champion. If that is the same, it is number of second places, then third places and so on until a winner is determined.
New Zealand sits on seventh place.