News Digest Item
12 Feb 2018

Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher’s childhood racecourse to shut down due to coal mining


The go-kart track where former German Formula 1 race driver and motorsports icon Michael Schumacher learned his trade is to fall prey to the expansion of the lignite mine Hambach of energy company RWE, public broadcaster WDR reports on his website. The circuit called Erftlandring, which also successful German race driver Sebastian Vettel used for practice will be sold to RWE, the go-kart race club in the city of Kerpen decided “after a long and controversial debate,” WDR writes. The Erftlandring will stay open until 2020 and the club owners vowed to find an alternative location in the region, the article says.

Find the article in German here.

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