A joint statement from the Monza Circuit and 24H Series this morning has confirmed that rather than holding the forthcoming 12H Monza behind closed doors, the event has instead been postponed until July, this a direct result of concerns arising from the ‘hotspot’ in Northern Italy for the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 ‘Novel Coronavirus’.
The statement reads:
“Due to growing concerns involving Italy, the inaugural event Hankook 12H MONZA, initially scheduled for March 27 and 28, was postponed to July on the basis of a shared agreement between the Monza Autodrome Directorate and the promoter Dutch CREVENTIC, the organizational machine behind the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.
“The Hankook 12H MONZA has already been reprogrammed for the dates of 10 and 11 July, making it the fourth appointment on the 24H SERIES Europe calendar instead of the opening event.
“Both CREVENTIC and the Autodrome Management agree that the safety of competitors, spectators and staff involved in the race weekend is of the utmost priority, and they consider this safety to be one of the factors that has contributed most to this decision.
“CREVENTIC is also pleased to announce that the opening of the 24H SERIES Europe season is scheduled, as scheduled, on the previously confirmed dates of March 26-27-28, and will now take place at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal.
“All confirmed participants in the Hankook 12H Monza were registered for the first Hankook 12H ESTORIL in history. Registration is open for both the Portuguese event and the reprogrammed Monza stage.
“Pietro Benvenuti, General Director of the Monza Autodrome, explains: “The epidemiological emergency that is affecting Italy, requires us to make responsible choices to counter and contain the spread of Coronavirus. We have therefore decided, in agreement with CREVENTIC, to postpone the Hankook 12H MONZA endurance race in July, which should have inaugurated the Autodrome’s sports calendar. We are happy to have found in the Promoter an understanding interlocutor who allowed us to propose the event to the Italian public anyway, albeit on different dates ”
“Representing CREVENTIC, explains Ole Dörlemann: “Despite the change in our calendar, we are very happy that the 24H SERIES will run in Monza in 2020, albeit slightly late compared to what was previously planned. The safety of all those who attend or compete in our events has always been our highest priority and will continue to be so in the future. In the same way, we are really satisfied to have found a viable solution together with the Directorate of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza and we are sure that in July the first CREVENTIC race in the Temple of Speed will be a memorable success “.