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COVID-19 Outbreak Updates: News From Series, Teams & Venues

Effects on calendars escalating rapidly

A raft of updates on the motorsport industry’s latest responses to the COVID-19 outbreak:

After farcical scenes in Melbourne yesterday Formula One has now confirmed the meeting is abandoned and has since then also cancelled both Bahrain GP (which had already been announced as taking place behind closed doors, and the Vietnam GP.

Formula E meanwhile has confirmed that they are suspending their season for 2 months with the meetings in Jakarta, Paris and Seoul all canned for now at least.

In the USA the Long Beach Grand Prix meeting is cancelled. The event, due to host IndyCar, IMSA and GT4 America SprintX action was pulled after city-wide restrictions on public gatherings were confirmed yesterday.

The planned 12H Estoril replacement for the already cancelled 12H Monza from 24H Series has also now fallen victim to the escalation in response from national public health bodies. All motosport events in Portugal are cancelled for three weeks.

The IndyCar event at St Pete meanwhile which is supported by GT4 America’s Sprint Series will go ahead this weekend but behind closed doors.

Also going ahead behind closed doors next weekend is the Michelin Ultimate Cup season opener at Barcelona – the meeting, notable as the competition debut for the new breed of LMP3 cars, will permit access to team members and driver only with other requests being considered on a case by case basis.

UPDATE – literally as this was being posted the event is now postponed!

Falken Motorsports have announced that they will not be fielding their pair of Porsche GT3 cars in events in the coming weeks as part of their response to the outbreak.

The VLN pre-season test though is set to go ahead tomorrow, albeit behind closed doors and with the planned public presentation of the teams cancelled.

International GT Open though have postponed their second winter test D scheduled at Circuit Paul Ricard next week (20-21 March) for its three series (International GT Open, Euroformula and GT Open Cup Europe).

Spa Francorchamps is the latest major venue to announce a temporary closure – currently until 3 April – The FIA WEC event (23-25 April) does not currently fall within that window.

Creventic meanwhile are looking to source an alternative date for the 24H CoTa after the initially announced 13-15 November 2020was given to MotoGP as a replacement for their postponed round earlier this year. options currently including an alternate date one week after the previously scheduled round or an alternate circuit.

Peter Motorsport have just announced too that they are postponing The Dix Milles Tours du Castellet at Paul Ricard scheduled for April 4-5 – the new date named is July 25-26.

The Tour Auto Optic is shuffled back too and will now take place in , September.