GT Sport, the organiser of the International GT Open (also Euroformula and GT Cup Open) has announced that it has postponed its first Winter Test at Barcelona due to the developing Coronavirus situation.
The statement from GT Sport explains that its March 6-7 Winter Test has been postponed as a ‘precautionary’ measure.
“As widely known, the outbreak in continental Europe of the COVID-19 virus is causing serious concerns, and has already started to affect travel and transportation,” the statement reads.
“This, together with the recommendations of health authorities across the continent, has led to the decision of postponing the Barcelona Winter Test.
“As we monitor closely the situation, we will advise of the new date for the Barcelona test as soon as possible.
“The Winter Test at Circuit Paul Ricard (20-21 March) is confirmed and maintained.
“We apologize for the inconvenience to the community of GT Sport series, while we are sure everybody understands this decision is taken in the best interest of everybody, as we all face an exceptional situation of force majeure.”
While GT Open has opted to take this decision, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is currently in use with track action in the second 2020 Formula One pre-season test running as planned this week. Formula One has had its calendar affected by the Coronavirus outbreak though, as the 2020 Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed.
Elsewhere in sportscars, the Asia GT Festival has been cancelled, and multiple teams were unable to make the trip to the final two Asian Le Mans Series races in Sepang and Buriram due to the Coronavirus.