The BTCC has become the latest racing series to postpone meetings by announcing the postponement of the first three rounds of the 2020 season due the Covid-19 pandemic.
This comes a day after the BTCC’s launch day banned spectators.
Due to the British Government’s announcement on 16 March advising non-essential social and contact, including the banning of gatherings of more than 500 people, TOCA have taken action to comply with the advise.
The TOCA statement reads “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)
Regarding the restart of the championship, TOCA went on to say “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.
The season is now scheduled to start at Thruxton on 17 May.
Written by Alex Hunt.