The opening round of the 2020 Super Formula season has been postponed amidst Coronavirus concerns.

The race, which was scheduled for April 5th at the Suzuka Circuit has been put on indefinite hiatus, as well as the opening rounds of the All-Japan Superbike Championship and Super Taikyu which shared joint billing.

Super Formula becomes the latest in many motorsport events to be affected by the outbreak, including the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

The opening round of Super GT Series which takes place on April 11-12 at Okayama is also in doubt.

The news comes just days after 2019 Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy confirmed a return to defend his title.

Cassidy, who has spent his summer break competing in the Asian Le Mans series as well as the Formula E rookie test following last weekend’s Marrakesh ePrix, will be looking to defend his title in this year’s championship against long time rival, Naoki Yamamoto.

The Coronavirus outbreak, however, could impair his ability to re-enter Japan as the country revises restrictions on foreign nationals being able to enter the country.

2020 Super Formula Championship – Revised Calendar
Date Event Location
05 APR Suzuka (I) Suzuka Circuit (CANCELLED)
19 APR Fuji Fuji Speedway
17 MAY Autopolis Autopolis
21 JUN Sugo Sportsland SUGO
30 AUG Motegi Twin Ring Motegi
27 SEP Okayama Okayama International Circuit
15 NOV Suzuka (II) Suzuka Circuit

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