It may be the Official BTCC Test today to mark the start of the new season but at least for the time being that will not be forthcoming with the first three races of the 2020 season postponed earlier today amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
This takes in the season opener Donington Park on March 28/29, Brands Hatch on April 11/12 and Silverstone on April 25/26 with the directive being that the season can be still completed in full but likely with rescheduled dates.
As a result if these get rescheduled to later in the year like most sporting events, the first action will potentially be Thruxton on 16/17 May with Oulton Park on 13/14 June following that.
TOCA have become the latest series organiser to give the decision to postpone races with other series including F1 also not beginning their season as planned due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus. The former released the following statement:
“Yesterday (16 March) the government introduced updated coronavirus directives. These included asking citizens to avoid all non-essential social contact and non-essential travel, as well as advising of the withdrawal of the provision of emergency services to mass gatherings”
“TOCA of course completely respects the government’s directives. The health of our entire nation – not just our competitors, fans, marshals, officials and personnel – is of absolute importance. Accordingly, the start of the 2020 BTCC must now be delayed and we therefore advise the postponement of our first three events:
- Donington Park (March 28/29)
- Brands Hatch (April 11/12)
- Silverstone (April 25/26)
Clearly the COVID-19 situation is ever-changing and incredibly challenging for everyone. Our firm intention is to run the full season of ten events and we will work closely with the circuits and our stakeholders in order to reschedule new dates for all postponed events. These will be confirmed and announced when there is further clarity regarding the eventual resumption of major sporting events.“