The start of the 2020 FIA World Touring Car Cup season has been further delayed by confirmation that the season-opening Race of Hungary has been called off due to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The two-race event was recently awarded a season-opener billing following the cancellation of the Race of Morocco in Marrakech, which was withdrawn from the calendar at the behest of the event’s promoters.
Originally slated for the weekend of April 24-25, the Race of Hungary joins an ever-increasing list of motorsport events to be called off thanks to the COVID-19 virus and local government measures to counter its continued spread.
The Hungarian national government has instituted a ban, along with a multitude of other countries, banning public gatherings of more than 500 people.
With the unknown likelihood and timeline of the COVID-19 virus being contained, WTCR promoter Eurosport Events admitted that rescheduling the Race of Hungary to a later date is “unfortunately not possible”.
Eurosport Events remains committed to delivering its planned 20-race schedule for the 2020 season and is seeking to gain approval from the FIA World Motor Sport Council to expand the Race of Spain round at Motorland Aragón to a four-race event.
The promoter further admitted that there remains the likelihood that the upcoming Races of Germany and Slovakia could be called off due to the pandemic, and has mooted turning the rounds in Portugal, Austria, China and South Korea into three-race events to offset this.
|2020 FIA World Touring Car Cup Season Calendar|
|25-26 APR||Race of Hungary||Hungaroring, Budapest (CANCELLED)|
|22-23 MAY||Race of Germany||Nürburgring Nordschleife, Eifel|
|06-07 JUN||Race of Slovakia||Automotodróm Slovakia Ring, Orechová Potôn|
|20-21 JUN||Race of Portugal||Circuito Internacional de Vila Real, Vila Real|
|04-05 JUL||Race of Spain||Ciudad del Motor de Aragón, Alcañiz|
|25-26 JUL||Race of Austria||Salzburgring, Salzburg|
|05-06 SEP||Race of China||Ningbo International Circuit, Ningbo|
|17-18 OCT||Race of Korea||Inje Speedium, Inje County|
|21-22 NOV||Guia Race of Macau||Guia Circuit, Macau|
|12-13 DEC||Race of Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit, Sepang|
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