The second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games has been pushed back to 2021 amid the Covid-19 situation. SRO has confirmed that the host city will still be Marseille, as planned, and that the event will still be held at Circuit Paul Ricard.
New dates have also been revealed for next year, with the games set to be held on October 22-24.
“The purpose of this measure is to support people working in the motorsport industry, reducing further logistical and financial pressure on them in particular,” a statement from SRO and the FIA said.
“With all the championships providing competitors to the event needing to revise their race calendars at the end of the year, this will equally help to avoid any potential scheduling clashes. Above all, it will mean that National Sporting Authorities – who are key to this event – can concentrate on handling the inevitable difficulties related to this unprecedented crisis before contemplating taking part in the event in 2021.
“With an additional year to define the shape of this second edition, the FIA and SRO Motorsports Group will, therefore, be able to prepare more effectively for this coming together of the world of motorsport. They will also do everything they can to provide the National Sporting Authorities with as much support as possible, helping them in getting to grips with regulations and in forming their national teams.
“The FIA Motorsport Games are set to see the introduction of new disciplines such as rallying and historic motor sport, as well as placing greater emphasis on entry-level and grassroots motorsport categories.”
SRO Motorsports Group founder & CEO, Stephane Ratel, says this is the right decision and that the FIA Motorsport Games will come back ‘stronger’ next year.
“Moving the second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games to 2021 is the correct course of action. The event was conceived as a late-season contest with each nation represented by its most talented competitors, but many series will now race further into the year than anticipated, meaning it would have fallen during a very busy period.
“To avoid this conflict, we will begin planning for 2021 and are pleased to have confirmed a revised date at Circuit Paul Ricard. I am grateful that this decision has been reached in such good time and believe that the second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games will ultimately be stronger for it.”