TCR Asia has become the latest touring car series to postpone its planned season start due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with the plan still being to hold five events in 2020.
The TCR Asia series had been set to begin at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on April 10 – 12 next month, but the event has now been postponed due to the global crisis.
A statement from CEO David Sonenscher explained that the series, which is promoted by Motorsport Asia, still planned to hold five race weekends this year.
“We recently informed our Teams and Drivers that due to the current global Covid-19 situation we would be postponing the start of the 2020 TCR Asia Series,” said Sonenscher.
“Our priority at this moment is for the safety and well-being of the TCR Asia community and therefore the start of the 2020 Season – which was originally scheduled for April 12th at Sepang – will not now go ahead.
“We are monitoring the developments on a regular basis and making contingency plans to begin the Season as soon as the situation becomes safe and is under control, and travel restrictions are lifted.
“It is our hope that this will happen sooner rather than later, however, we can confirm that it is our intention to run a full season of five TCR Asia events, as originally planned.
“We are currently working on scenarios with the season commencing anywhere from mid-May onwards and we will communicate our intentions at the appropriate time once a clearer picture emerges.
“Our thoughts go out to everyone during this difficult time and the best thing we can all do, is to follow instructions, self-distance and try to flatten the curve.”