China GT has moved to manage their route through the COVID-19 crisis by announcing a 10 round, 15 month ‘Super’ calendar running from August 2020 to November 2021, a calendar that includes three rounds at Shanghai International Circuit, two apiece at both the new Zhuzhou Circuit in central China and on the streets of Macau plus one-off races at Zhuhai, Sepang and Buriram.
The season starts on 8/9 August at the new Zhuzhou circuit in central China before a long gap to Round 2, confirmed from 23-25 October 2020 at Shanghai International Circuit
Round 3 is confirmed from 6-8 November 2020 at Zhuhai
Round 4 is confirmed for Macau’s Guia circuit from 19-22 November 2020
Round 5 is to be confirmed 12-14 March 2021 at Sepang, Malaysia
Round 6 is to be confirmed in April 2021 at Buriram, Thailand
Round 7 is to be confirmed in May 2021 at Shanghai International Circuit
Round 8 is to be confirmed in July 2021 at Zhuzhou
Round 9 is to be confirmed in September 2021 at Shanghai International Circuit
Round 10 is confirmed for Macau’s Guia circuit from 18-21 November 2021
The Australian GT Championship has added three additional dates to their already announced Sydney Motorsport Park Season Opener.
The first two events will run with Motorsport Australia, with a mid-August return to racing at Sydney Motorsport Park, whilst Sandown (pictured above) – a regular addition to the annual calendar – will return to the programme a month later. From Sandown, the Championship will join Supercars at the iconic Bathurst 1000 event, before returning to Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia at the end of October.
All rounds will see two 60-minute races, something organisers worked tirelessly to maintain.
“Ideally we’d like to work to a five-round program, but the onset of Covid-19 and the condensed calendar has made that a big challenge for everyone,” Manolios admitted. “To achieve what our team have done so far and maintain our preferred venues and race lengths has been a great achievement, but we will continue the discussion with all the stakeholders with respect to adding another round, but for now, we have a great program to work with.”
As with all other planned sporting programs, the proposed calendar continues to play second fiddle to State and Federal Government directives and restrictions, one of those being the current state border closures, a particular issue with respect to Western Australia.
“Things are still in a state of flux at this stage, however, we’re hoping that by September we’ll have a better indication of what will happen in South Australia and Western Australia, that said, we won’t be alone if those border closures remain in place, but regardless, at no stage will we risk the health of our teams over the potential to be racing again, we’re all keen to get trackside, but only when it is safe to do so.”
2020 Australian GT Championship
Round 1 – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (August 14-16)
Round 2 – Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria (11-13 September)
Round 3 – Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW (9-10 October)
Round 4 – Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia (30 October-1 November)