59Racing has confirmed it will not take part in the upcoming GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup event at the Nürburgring in September citing Melbourne’s recent lockdown as preventing key team personnel from travelling to Europe.
“This decision has not been taken lightly,” the Australian McLaren 720S GT3 team writes on Facebook, “but it is necessary due to the recent lockdown status and the restrictions which have been reintroduced in Melbourne, Australia. This is also preventing key team personnel from travelling to Europe.
“The entire team hopes to return to racing as soon as possible and details of further plans for the season will be confirmed as soon as possible.”
59Racing stormed onto the scene in 2019 winning its debut race in the Australian GT Championship and going on to win several more that year in the GT3 and GT4 classes.
After a second place outright and winning the Silver Cup in the Australian Endurance Championship parallel race in the Bathurst 12 Hour last February, the team announced it would contest the GT World Challenge Europe with Ben Barnicoat, Lewis Williamson and Martin Kodrić.
Despite showing promising pace in qualifying, the #60 McLaren 720S GT3 suffered a false start at the season opener in Imola as it was slapped with three drive-through penalties and ultimately retired.