The 2020 edition of the Spa 24 Hours, which was originally supposed to run from July 23-26 and was subsequently postponed due to the Coronavirus crisis and was subsequently postponed due to the Coronavirus crisis, has now got new dates, the race now set to be held in October.
The new weekend for the event is the 22-25th October, meaning the race will be run in the Autumn, with fewer daylight hours. The support bill has also been confirmed, with the GT4 European Series, Lamborghini Super Trofeo and TCR Europe all set to race during the event week.
Revised dates for the Total 24 Hours of Spa test days have also been set, with the preparatory run shifting from mid-June to 29-30 September 10 days after the current planned dates for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Elsewhere, in other calendar news, multiple other major championships have announced new plans.
Formula One has delayed the start of its 2020 season once again, following the cancellation of the French Grand Prix. The championship is now set to start at the Red Bull Ring on July 5th, with F1 CEO Chase Carey hopeful that the championship can still feature between 15-18 races this year.
“Although this morning it was announced that the French Grand Prix, due to take place in late June, will not be going ahead, we are now increasingly confident with the progress of our plans to begin our season this summer,” Carey said.
“We’re targeting a start to racing in Europe through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria on July 3-5 weekend. September, October and November, would see us race in Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi, having completed between 15-18 races. We will publish our finalised calendar as soon as we possibly can.
“We expect the early races to be without fans but hope fans will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule. We still have to work out many issues like the procedures for the teams and our other partners to enter and operate in each country. The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority one and we will only go forward if we are confident we have reliable procedures to address both risks and possible issues.”
On the subject of races being run behind closed doors in F1, the British Grand Prix, if it takes place, has been confirmed as an event that will go ahead with no fans. Stuart Pringle, the circuit’s managing director released a statement which reads:
“I am extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans at Silverstone.
“We have left this difficult decision for as long as possible, but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions in the country and the government requirements in place now and for the foreseeable future, that a grand prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.
“Our obligations to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in preparing and delivering the event, our volunteer marshals and race makers, and of course, you, the amazing fans, means that this is the best, safest and only decision we could make.”
It is notable, that as a gesture of gratitude, Silverstone plans to give away “thousands” of tickets to next year’s British Grand Prix to NHS staff and key workers.
The British Touring Car Championship is another notable championship outside of DSC’s orbit to announce a calendar. The revised schedule for the BTCC features nine rounds from August to November.
The reason for this being notable is that the BTCC is understood by DSC to have priority on choosing dates and venues in the UK, which has left British GT Championship teams and drivers in the dark over what the 2020 season will look like since the COVID-19 situation began to impact motorsport earlier this year. With a new BTCC calendar now published, SRO can make moves to create and reveal plans and dates for its UK-based GT3-GT4 championship.