The Nürburgring circuit owners have announced that its annual 24 Hours race, for which the FIA World Touring Car Cup has support billing, has been postponed until the final weekend of September due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The change of dates has forced the WTCR’s promoters, Eurosport Events, to announce the cancellation of the Race of Germany round this year as the series will be in Asia.
The German race weekend, scheduled for the weekend of May 22-23, had become the de-facto season-opener following the Coronavirus-induced cancellation of the Race of Hungary round.
“We fully respect and support the decision of ADAC Nordrhein to postpone the ADAC 24h-Rennen event in accordance with measures taken by the German government in these very difficult times,” François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, said.
“ADAC Nordrhein has been our partner in Germany since 2015 and we will both do everything possible to see WTCR racing again on that iconic circuit. We also hope as many fans as possible will attend on the rescheduled September date and that unique event is the huge success it always has been.”
The two rounds’ combined total of four races will now be spread across other events on the calendar with the aim to keep the championship at its desired 20-race format.
Presuming they are not cancelled as well, the Races of Portugal and Austria will now run as three-race events with a qualifying session for Race 1 and a separate qualifying session for Races 2 and 3. The Race of Spain will run four-race format, having absorbed the two races on the Hungary schedule.
“While health and safety considerations remain the absolute priority, as we have communicated previously, our intention is to do all we can to maintain a 20-race schedule for WTCR in 2020,” Ribeiro added.
“The rescheduling of the races planned for Nürburgring Nordschleife to Vila Real and Salzburgring will allow this to be achieved.
“We will continue to monitor the situation in Slovakia, where the WTCR is due to race from 5-7 June, in consultation with the FIA, the event promoter and relevant authorities. If necessary, we will follow the same process regarding the rescheduling of the Slovakia Ring races into existing WTCR events straight after the summer.”
|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 (CANCELLED)|
|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|
|19-20 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|
|13 DEC||Race of Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit, Sepang|
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