The GT Association (GTA) announced today that the third round of the 2021 Autobacs Super GT Series, the Suzuka GT 300km Race, has been rescheduled for the weekend of 21-22 August.
The event was originally scheduled for the weekend of 29-30 May, however, the GTA and Mobilityland Corporation (parent company of Suzuka Circuit) made the decision to postpone the race in light of a steep COVID-19 infection wave across nearby prefectures in the Kansai region.
It means that Super GT racing will return to the traditional late-August calendar slot of the Suzuka 1000km and its successor, the Intercontinental GT Challenge Suzuka 10 Hours. In March, the Suzuka 10 Hours was cancelled for the second consecutive year, due to the influence of the novel coronavirus pandemic – leaving an open date for the circuit.
This also means that the event will be held on the same weekend as the rescheduled 24 Hours of Le Mans, which was moved to 21-22 August in order to allow spectators to attend. The impact this will have on the Super GT participants will be minimal – only Pacific CarGuy Racing’s Takeshi Kimura is expected to miss this Super GT race due to his commitments at Le Mans.
Those who purchased tickets for the event prior to its postponement will be able to use their tickets for the event on its new date. But the GTA stated in their press release that depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak in Mie Prefecture and surrounding areas, they reserve the right to hold the race without spectators or move the event to a different venue, if needed.
The next race of the 2021 Super GT Series is scheduled for 18 July at Twin Ring Motegi.