Due to the recent announcement of the closure of the Victorian borders, Australian GT has had to reschedule their opening round at Sydney in mid-August (14-16). The first races of 2020 are now planned for early September, to take place at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The change comes as COVID-19 cases in the state of Victory are sky rocketing with State Government taking drastic measures to hold the outbreak.
The opening round has now been pushed back three weeks, allowing teams and drivers to move more freely outside of the six week window – assuming of course that virus outbreaks are contained and the borders are able to reopen.
“As we said when we revealed the updated calendar a few days ago, it was always going to be reflective of the COVID-19 restrictions,” championship organiser Jim Manolios explained.
“We’ve made no secret of the fact that as much as we want to be racing sooner rather than later, we will in no way jeopardise the safety of our teams and staff, and that has been upheld by Motorsport Australia who have been right on the front foot from the beginning.
“This new start gives more time for the current setback to be contained, and hopefully takes away the requirement of approval to cross into New South Wales – from there, we will advise teams of any further changes, including the likely alteration to round two at Sandown, which was set for the week after the revised Sydney date – a situation that Motorsport Australia is addressing right now, and we will update everyone as soon as that is resolved.”
The spikes in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne could also see round 2 of the Championship at Sandown Raceway in doubt.
2020 Australian GT Championship calendar – Revised
Round 1 – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW (4-6th September)
Round 2 – Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria (11-13th September – TBC)
Round 3 – Mount Panorama, Bathurst, NSW (9-10th October)
Round 4 – Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia (30th October-1st November)