In another unfortunate, but understandable, blow to the motorsport calendar this year; the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has revealed that the following season will now not begin until March 2021 at the earliest.
New (provisional) Dates
The already postponed Spa race will now take place (provisionally) on the 15th of August 2020. This will be followed by one further race in Bahrain and as such this will keep the 2019 / 2020 season schedule to a tidy eight races altogether. The knock-on effect of this rescheduling means that the Silverstone race which was scheduled for September has been cancelled, the round due to be in Fiji is also cancelled and by default of the new season starting now in March 2021; the race due to take place in Kyalami has been cancelled too.
WEC boss Gerard Neveu explains:
“It is today impossible to consider organising an international motorsport event before the summer, so we have rearranged the calendar accordingly . . . This decision is an indication of the return of a regular season: we will apply a calendar from March to November next year.” He also reiterated as to how this is pending further updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) about the currently ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) global outbreak.
The world will have to wait and see to what the economic and social impact will be too when the times comes for the motorsport calendar to roar back into action again. Le Mans 2020 for example, which has also been postponed, are having to change their usual start time from 16:00 to 14:30 local time in an effort to have more natural daylight to reflect the new dates.
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