The opening round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS at Phillip Island has been postponed due to a COVID-19 lockdown imposed by the local government. No re-scheduled date for the event has been provided.

Phillip Island was under preparations to host the “All Wheels Race Fest”, which was set to feature the GTWC Australia season opener as well as rounds of the TCR Australia, S5000, and Australian Superbikes championship.

“We’re all understandably disappointed with this outcome, given the significant planning already underway for this event,” said Michael Smith, Motorsport Australia director of motorsport and commercial operations.

“The health and safety of all those who would be part of the event has to be our priority and unfortunately race meetings like this cannot just be turned on and turned off in 24 hours.

“There would also be a significant costs for organizers, categories, teams, officials and spectators if there was a last minute cancellation, so this decision provides some certainty for everyone who had planned to attend and makes sure that no competitors are disadvantaged in their respective series or championship.”

With this postponement, the opening round of the inaugural GTWC Australia season is now scheduled to take place during the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour weekend on April 3-4.


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