OFFICIAL: Switzerland Lift 67-Year Ban On Circuit Racing

After proper reconsideration, Switzerland has officially lifted the country’s 67-year ban on circuit racing.

  • Switzerland has banned motor racing since 1995 after a horrific crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.
  • Mercedes driver Pierre Levegh and 84 spectators were killed, and 120 more people were injured during the incident.

However, due to the advancements in the safety of both vehicles and race tracks, Switzerland has decided it is the right time to welcome back circuit racing.

The National Council and the Council of States unanimously agreed to remove the racing prohibition after a recent modification of the Road Traffic Act.

Both houses voted to lift the prohibition hence overturning the 67-year ban.

The primary factor behind the overturning was that for the past 67 years, circuit and vehicle safety has improved dramatically and continues to improve.

Despite the good news, it might take a while before Switzerland could hold a world-class motor racing as no full-fledged racing facilities exist just yet.

For that reason, it may take a while before popular racing series such as the MotoGP and Formula 1, to include Switzerland in their calendar.



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