Belgian GP circuit threatened after neighbours complain about noise
The race circuit of the Francorchamps Formula One Grand Prix in Spa may not be used for competition races or even test drives for the moment.
The state council, Belgium's highest advisory body, has suspended races on the circuit due to complaints by local residents of excessive noise levels.
Belgium's state council ruled in favour of a two-year-old complaint of a local action group who claimed that excessive noise levels from the circuit disturbed the woods and hills of the Ardennes region. The ruling could suspend any activity at the circuit for years, including the popular Formula One race traditionally held in late August.
Spa-Francorchamps, considered to be one of the most challenging race tracks in the world, mainly due to its fast, hilly and windy nature, is a favourite circuit for many racing drivers and fans alike.
The management of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is trying to stave off the suspension of its license over environmental concerns. The ruling threatens the future of Formula One's Belgian Grand Prix.
The management said on Wednesday that it was meeting with local authorities to find a solution. The Sourdine action group which brought the complaint insisted it did not want to close the circuit but only to cut down noise levels.