ROC cancelled due to political unrest
2 December 2013 – The 2013 edition of the Race Of Champions, scheduled to take place on the weekend of December 14-15, has been cancelled by organisers due to ongoing political unrest in Thailand's capital Bangkok.
For a second successive year, the end-of-season event was set to be held at the 65,000-capacity Rajamangala National Stadium, but red-shirt supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) recently took to the arena to counter an anti-government protest.
The violent demonstrations have so far claimed the lives of four people, with activists calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.
Having assessed the situation over the weekend, officials ultimately decided to call off the competition.
"The Sports Authority of Thailand and the organisers of the 2013 Race Of Champions have announced that the event cannot take place as planned on December 14-15 due to the current political situation in Bangkok," read a statement published on the event's official website.
"Our thoughts are with the Thai people during this difficult period and we wish that a peaceful solution will soon be found. The Race Of Champions has been held all over the world for 25 consecutive years and we are currently looking at options of repeating the success of last year's event in Bangkok on another date.
"Fans who have already purchased tickets for this year's Race Of Champions should contact Thai Ticket Major or their ticketing agent for further information on refunds."
A host of well-known motorsport names were due to attend, including Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, Le Mans star Tom Kristensen and World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier.