The FIM and TTXGP have issued a joint statement today, declaring that the two rival electric racing series would collaborate on three races this season, plus the possibility of a season-capping championship race in October. As we broke the news a couple months ago, the two series have begun to patch-up their relationship, and are slowly working their way back into a merger.
Today’s announcement sees TTXGP adding its name to perhaps the FIM e-Power Championship’s crown jewel event: the Laguna Seca round, which will count towards the TTXGP’s North American Championship.
Other event collaborations include stops on the FIM e-Power calendar as well, as both Donington Park and Le Mans have been named in the press release. e-Power races to be held at those venues were to be run during the FIM Endurance World Championship, and now will include TTXGP riders as well, who will be receiving points towards their European Championship standings.
The announcement should mean the bolstering of riders at all the events, but we imagine it will affect the FIM’s European rounds the most, as the American race was well-attended last year.
Both parties are not saying much about the collaboration, simply stating that “in a spirit of collaboration and with the common goal of promoting electric clean emission racing, the FIM and the TTXGP have agreed to combine both series across three rounds of their respective championships; 2011 FIM e-Power International Championship and the TTXGP World Series 2011.”
The joint events will be:
July 23-24th - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (USA) – FIM MotoGP WC
August 20-21st - Donington Park (GBR) – Qtel FIM Endurance WC & FIM WC Sidecars
September 24-25th - Le Mans (FRA) 24 Hours of Le Mans – Qtel FIM Endurance WC