F1 team Scuderia Ferrari "is reportedly planning a return to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race," according to the SID. The team "will decide by the end of the year if it will compete in the LMP1 category with its own prototype" in '15. Ferrari "has serious intentions to compete in another racing series in addition to F1." At Le Mans, Ferrari would compete against Porsche, Audi and Toyota. Japanese manufacturers Nissan and Honda "are also considering participation in the French race." Ferrari "has won the classic endurance race nine times." The Scuderia "participated with its own factory team for the last time in 1973" (SID, 7/31).
Events and Attractions
Red tape "is snarling up the application process for Russia’s first Formula One Grand Prix in Sochi in 2014, but the country still has time to make it onto next year’s calendar," according to R-SPORT. Although "bureaucratic problems leave a question mark hanging over the event with a little over 14 months until lights-out," motorsports governing body FIA said that "they may not prove fatal to the race’s future." A FIA spokesperson said, "The calendar is approved at the end of September." The spokesperson "refused to comment on the case of the Russian Grand Prix specifically, citing confidentiality, but confirmed that a failure to apply more than a year in advance would not necessarily damage an event’s chances of being admitted." The issue at hand "is a spat between the Russian Automobile Federation and the race promoter Omega Center, which is also building the 5.9km track around the coastal Olympic Park." The RAF "is refusing to file a race application with the FIA until Omega, which is tied to the Krasnodar region government, agrees to bear the cost of training the 700-800 personnel required to staff the race such as marshals and security" (R-SPORT, 7/31).
Turnberry, Scotland will stage the Women's British Open for only the second time in the championship's history in '15. This year's event is being staged over the Old Course at St. Andrews, with Royal Birkdale the venue in '14 (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 7/31). ... Super Rugby final fever reached Hamilton on Wednesday as fans in Hamilton, Scotland "queued overnight and snapped up all of the tickets" for the Super Rugby final between the Chiefs and Australia's ACT Brumbies. Tickets to the general public went on sale at 8:00am local time on Wednesday and local media reported that some fans "had arrived at Waikato Stadium late on Tuesday and withstood chilly overnight conditions to ensure they were able to snap up the 13,000 tickets available." The queue "stretched several hundred metres down the road and the Chiefs said the match had officially sold out by mid afternoon on Wednesday" (REUTERS, 7/31). ... The Local Organizing Committee of South Africa’s staging of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations "has announced that the tournament made a profit" of R 3.6M ($364,000) -- a figure "significantly higher than initial projections." The LOC "had budgeted for a small surplus" of around $54,000 from the tournament, which ran from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10. The event also generated 150% more than initially targeted from sponsorship revenue, while total attendance of 753,169 -- a Cup of Nations record -- exceeded a goal of 500,000 (SOCCEREX, 7/31).