TCR Australia season start pushed back by three weeks

TCR Australia season start pushed back by three weeks

2019 TCR Australia Series Round 1 race start at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Photo: TCR Australia / Daniel Kalisz

The season start of the 2020 TCR Australia series has been pushed back by a further three weeks, owing to the re-introduction of stage three restrictions in Victoria state to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The re-scheduled season had been set to get underway on 15 – 16 August at Sydney Motorsport Park, but the season will now commence at the circuit on 4 – 6 September.

The postponement means that subsequent rounds may also be subject to change, including the second event of the season at Sandown, now just one week later on 11 – 13 September.

“We were hoping that the August date would be possible,” said Michael Smith, Director of Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships.

“However, with a large number of teams Victoria-based and unable to travel freely between New South Wales and Victoria, we felt the only option was for the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships to take place on the first weekend in September.

“Opening our season at Sydney Motorsport Park is certainly an exciting prospect and we know that this new date will be upon us very soon. Ultimately, we all want to go racing as soon as we can.

“We know this year is one that is very fluid, and we are greatly appreciative of the support of all our categories and circuit managers for their flexibility and understanding.

“This new Sydney date may mean that we have to change dates for future rounds, however together with the team at Australian Racing Group, we will provide updated information as soon as we are able to.”

Matt Braid, CEO of Australian Racing Group, stressed the need for flexibility due to the ongoing coronavirus sitatuon.

“The current coronavirus crisis is unprecedented and we have to remain flexible in how we adapt to the ongoing impact on our return to race plan,” said Braid.

“As we’ve seen the situation in Victoria develop over the past few days, and considering the many affected teams, moving the date back was the best outcome for all.

“We’re excited that we have a new date for Sydney and working hard to get the clearest possible direction for our categories.”