Inaugural Formula Acceleration 1 Season Shortened

by Paul Hensby

The Inaugural season of Formula Acceleration 1 has seen two of its remaining rounds cancelled, with organisers claiming the reduced schedule will allow more time to focus on the 2015 season.

The double-header rounds at Zolder and Paul Ricard have been removed from the schedule, meaning two events of the season remain at the Hungaroring in August and Assen in October. The round at the Croatian track of Grobnik, which was not scheduled to run with the FA1 cars, has also been removed from the ‘Acceleration 14’ schedule.

A budget shortfall for drivers wanting to race in the series has also been blamed on the shortened season with no more than 12 cars entered at any even this year, but ‘Acceleration 14’ CEO Loek Bodelier is confident of the series returning stronger next season.

“Being halfway through our season, we believe that we need to invest more time in preparing the local events,” said Bodelier. “Besides that, we are facing difficulties with finding drivers with sufficient budget.

“Unfortunately, that results in cancelling three events. We will use this extra time to prepare 2015 and bring our concept back to European tracks by next year.

“Our intention to organise 10 events in the first season appears to be too ambitious. Even though we now have a team with specialists to organise the events, we realise that extra attention is needed to proceed with our FIA-authorised racing series and music festivals.”

The championship battle in the FA1 class seems to be between Dutchman Nigel Melker and Italian Mirko Bortolotti, with the Netherlands driver one point ahead of the Italian in the standings.

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