List of Races Affected By Coronavirus / COVID-19

The attempt by authorities to slow and contain the pandemic Coronavirus / Covid-19 has seriously affected the motor sport calendar for 2020.

As drastic as it may seem this is not the ordinary ‘flu (see this sobering tweet) and serious precautions must be taken to protect all those in society.

It may seem frivolous to talk of how it affects the motor racing calendar but at some point this will be over and the pieces will need picking up. It is getting quite hard to keep up with what has been cancelled and rescheduled for later.

This blog post attempts to note every change.

At the time of first writing (13th March) it is hard to predict how long this will last. What at first seemed like a 2-4 week interruption is fast becoming something much bigger. It is becoming clear all events will be cancelled in the rest of March, all of April, most of May and probably into June. The consequence will be a lot of rescheduled events from August to December, some later events made double-headers, but also a lot of outright cancellations with no make-up races.

I am updating IWTMR Google/iCal Calendars daily.

I’m finding it hard to distinguish which are postponed and which are outright cancelled. I’m noting everything as cancelled unless it has a confirmed rescheduled date.

This post will be updated.

Last updated:  Tuesday 24th March 2020.

Formula 1

Australian Grand Prix – 15th March – Postponed. McLaren withdrew after team member tested positive, race postponed a day later.

Bahrain Grand Prix – 22nd March – Postponed.
Includes Formula 2 and Formula 3.

Vietnam Grand Prix – 5th April – Postponed.

Chinese Grand Prix – 19th April – Cancelled.

Dutch Grand Prix – 3rd May – Postponed.
Includes Formula 2 and Formula 3.

Spanish Grand Prix – 10th May – Postponed.
Includes Formula 2 and Formula 3.

Monaco Grand Prix – 24th May – Cancelled.
Includes Formula 2.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix – 7th June – Postponed.
Includes Formula 2.

 

Formula E

Some races may be rescheduled later, more likely other rounds will be made double-headers.

Sanya ePrix – 21st March – Cancelled.

Rome ePrix – 4th April – Cancelled.

Paris ePrix – 18th April – Cancelled.

Seoul ePrix – 2nd May – Cancelled.

Jakarta ePrix – 6th June – Cancelled.

 

MotoGP

Qatar GP – 8th March – MotoGP class cancelled. Moto2 and Moto3 races ran as planned with teams already present for testing.

Thailand GP – 22nd March – Postponed, rescheduled to 4th October.

Aragon GP – Rescheduled to 27th September to make way for Thailand.

US GP – 5th April – Postponed, moved to 15th November.

Argentine GP – 19th April – Postponed, moved to 22nd November.

Valencia GP – 15th November – Postponed, moved to 29th November to make way for COTA and Argentina.

 

World SBK

Qatar – 15th March – Cancelled.

Jerez – 29th March – Postponed, moved to 25th October.

 

BSB

Silverstone – 12th April – Postponed.

 

IndyCar (includes Road To Indy where appropriate)

Some events may be rescheduled.

St Pete – 15th March – Postponed, rescheduled as the last round date TBC (likely October).

Barber – 5th April – Cancelled.

Long Beach – 19th April – Cancelled.

Indy GP – 9th May – Postponed, rescheduled to 4th July on the NASCAR Cup weekend.

Indy 500 – 24th May – Postponed, rescheduled to 23rd August.

Mid-Ohio – 16th August – Brought forward 1 week to 9th August to make way for Indy 500 qualifying.

Gateway – 23rd August – Indy 500 rescheduled to this date, Gateway rescheduled to 29th or 30th August (I’m not sure if still a night race).

Portland – 6th September – Delayed 1 week to 13th September.

 

NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Trucks

Atlanta – Cup/Xfinity/Trucks – 13-15 March – Postponed.

Homestead – Cup/Xfinity/Trucks – 20-22 March – Postponed.

Texas – Cup/Xfinity/Trucks – 27-29 March – Postponed.

Bristol – Cup/Xfinity – 4-5 April – Postponed.

Richmond – Cup/Trucks – 18-19 April – Postponed.

Talledega – Cup/Xfinity – 25-26 April – Postponed.

Dover – Cup/Xfinity/Trucks – 1-3 May – Postponed.

World Rallycross

Russia – Cancelled. I’m not sure if this is virus-related or would’ve happened anyway.

Barcelona – Cancelled.

 

NHRA

GatorNationals – 15th March – Postponed.

Las Vegas – 5th April – Postponed.

 

FIA WEC

1000 Miles of Sebring – 20th March – Cancelled.

6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – 25th April – Postponed.

24 Hours of Le Mans – 13-14 June – Postponed, rescheduled for 19-20 September (originally the weekend of Spa ELMS).

Le Mans Test Day – 31 May – Cancelled.

 

IMSA

12 Hours of Sebring – 21st March – Postponed, rescheduled for 14th November.
(includes Michelin Challenge)

Long Beach – 18th April – Cancelled.

Mid-Ohio – 3rd May – Postponed to 27th September.
(includes Michelin Challenge & Prototype Challenge)

Laguna Seca – 13th September – Brought forward 1 week to 6th September.
(includes Michelin Challenge)

Petit Le Mans – 11th October – Delayed 1 week to 18th October.
(includes Michelin Challenge & Prototype Challenge)

 

ELMS and Le Mans Cup

4h Barcelona – 5th April – Postponed.

4h Monza – 10th May – Postponed.

4h Silverstone – 6th September – Postponed, the rescheduled Le Mans will be 2 weeks later and so this date will likely be used for LM Test Day?

4h Spa-Francorchamps – 20th September – Postponed, Le Mans 24 hours now scheduled for this weekend.

 

DTM

DTM is the first series to announce a full reschedule, assuming racing gets under way in July. The Norisring will be the opening round on 11/12 July.

Zolder (R1) – 25/26 April – Postponed to 8/9 August to become Round 3.

Laustizring (R2)  – 16/17 May – Postponed to 17/18 October to become Round 8.

Igora Drive (R3) – 30/31 May – Postponed to either 1/2 August (Round 2) or 3/4 October (Round 7).

Anderstorp (R4) – 13/14 June – Postponed to either 1/2 August (Round 2) or 3/4 October (Round 7).

Monza (R5) – 27/28 June – Postponed to 14/15 November to become Round 10.

Full schedule here.

 

Super GT

Okayama – 12th April – Postponed.

 

Super Formula

Suzuka – 5th April – Postponed.

Fuji – 19th April – Postponed.

 

GT World Challenge Europe

Monza (Endurance) – 19th April – Postponed.

Brands Hatch (Sprint) – 3rd May – Postponed.

Silverstone (Endurance) – 10th May – Postponed.

 

GT World Challenge America

St Pete – 15th March – Cancelled.

GT World Challenge Asia

Sepang – 29th March – Cancelled.

Autopolis – 12th July – New round added.

TBC – TBC – New round added.

 

24H Series

12H Monza – 28th March – Postponed, rescheduled for 11th July.
A replacement race at Estoril scheduled for 28th March was itself cancelled.

12H Paul Ricard – 11th July – Cancelled and replaced with Monza.

 

GT Open

Paul Ricard – 26th April – Postponed to 23rd August.

 

Supercars

Melbourne – 13-15 March – Postponed.

Symmons Plains – 4-5 April – Postponed.

Hampton Downs– 25-26 April – Postponed.

Barbagallo – 16-17 May – Postponed.

 

WTCR

Hungaroring – 25-26th April – Cancelled. Races currently planned to be run over the Aragon weekend, making that a 4-race weekend.

Nurburgring Nordschliefe – 23rd May – Cancelled. One extra race added to each of the Salzburgring and Vila Real weekends.

 

BTCC

Donington Park – 29th March – Postponed.

Brands Hatch (Indy) – 12th April – Postponed.

Silverstone (National) – 26th April – Postponed.

Thruxton – 17th May – Postponed.

Oulton Park – 16th June – Postponed.

 

British GT

Oulton Park – 13th April (Easter Monday) – Postponed.

Snetterton – 17th May – Postponed.

Silverstone 500 – 7th June – Postponed.

Donington Park – 21st June – Postponed.

 

VLN NLS

VLN 1 – 21st March – Cancelled.

VLN 2 – 4th April – Cancelled.

VLN 8 – 26th September – Date taken by the rescheduled N24. I’ve not yet seen whether VLN8 will be rescheduled.

 

WRC World Rally Championship

Argentina– 23-26 April – Postponed.

Portugal – 20-24 May – Postponed.

Italy – 4-7 June – Postponed.

 

Other

Isle of Man TT – Cancelled.

Nurburgring 24 Hours – 23-24 May – Postponed, moved to 26-27 September, originally the date of VLN 8.

N24 Qualifying Race – 25th April – Cancelled.

Goodwood Festival of Speed – 10th-12th July – Postponed, due to be rescheduled to late summer.

Motorsport UK has cancelled all organising permits until the end of April, meaning no motorsport can take place in the UK until after that date.

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I’m astonished people pay at all, let alone anything more than £2, I know acutely there are far more worthy causes than this. It does encourage me to put in the work through a dark dingy autumn and winter, so thank you.

I’m pleased to say thanks to you I’ve covered my fees and enough to keep me in cups of tea for the year as well.

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Race Calendars: FIA WEC 2019/20

Race dates for FIA WEC 2019/20

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2019 FIA WEC

*As at 26 August 2019*

1 Sep 4 Hours of Silverstone Silverstone with ELMS
6 Oct 6 Hours of Fuji Fuji Speedway
10 Nov 4 Hours of Shanghai Shanghai International
14 Dec 8 Hours of Bahrain Bahrain International
1 Feb 6 Hours of Sao Paulo Autodromo Carlos Pace
20 Mar (Friday) 1000 Miles of Sebring Sebring International with IMSA
25 Apr 6 Hours of Spa Spa-Francorchamps
13-14 Jun 24 Heures du Mans Circuit de la Sarthe

From Autumn to Summer & New Race Lengths

The FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) returns to an annual schedule again, after the transition of the long “Superseason” which included two editions of the Le Mans 24H, with every season now starting in the autumn.

The 2019/20 season will be the first in WEC to run through the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn/winter/spring, with summer being the new off-season.

The other change this season is to vary the race distances following fan survey feedback which asked the series to mix up the race lengths from race to race, rather than have every round being 6 Hours except for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The season opener (this week!) is the 4 Hours of Silverstone. On the one hand it seems a little harsh to chop two hours from one of the most popular rounds of the season and I am disappointed by it. On the other hand, this is the only routine WEC round to feature a further 4 hour race for the European Le Mans series on the Saturday. 8 hours of multi-class racing is quite a good deal. ELMS races are can be quite frantic, I wonder if we’ll see that intensity in WEC again?

Similarly, the other big sports car festival is the successful Sebring event. The WEC joins up for the second time with the popular IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship weekend. IMSA retains the prestigious, decades-old 12 Hours of Sebring, with the WEC running a separate 1000 Mile (8 Hour) race on the Friday evening. It works where COTA didn’t because it is simple: put the sports car racing in front of the sports car fans.

Fuji, Shanghai and Spa all continue on the calendar although Shanghai is reduced to a 4 hour race. Fuji is popular among Japanese fans. I really do think the Asian Le Mans Series should share a weekend with WEC either at Fuji or Shanghai. Then the WEC would pair with all the continental series at least once.

Bahrain returns after a year away and is extended to an 8-hour ‘into-the-night’ race. Interlagos is back after a few years away, this time the race will be on February 1st. These two rounds eliminate the massive gap between Shanghai and Sebring. Indeed Bahrain’s race is just 10 days before Christmas – there is no off-season these days!

And of course Le Mans is on the traditional 13th/14th June weekend.

End Of An Era

And this will be the final season with the current LMP1 cars. Quite what the “hypercar” era will bring us 12 months from now isn’t quite clear, at the moment it looks like two Toyotas, two Aston Martins and a whole lot of unknowns.

“Hypercar” is planned to be some 8-10 seconds slower around Le Mans than a current LMP1 car, a similar pace to a current LMP2 car. That’s probably 3-4 seconds slower at somewhere like Silverstone.

So you can expect both sets of existing prototypes to be slowed down to run behind the new ‘premier class’. GTE cars shouldn’t be affected. Therefore this is the final WEC season where you can watch this generation of LMP1 and LMP2 cars unrestricted.

And I’ve seen that Toyota TS050 live (and the Porsche 919 when it was there). You want to see that acceleration and direction change in person while you can.

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Races Watched (2019 Week 16): WEC COTA 2017

Week 16:  15-21 April 2019

A very quiet weekend in the racing world. The only active series were those I don’t follow closely, but that’s probably my fault for not following British GT as closely I should.

In the UK it was Easter Bank Holiday weekend with Good Friday and Easter Monday off work. The sun was out so I didn’t spend a lot of time indoors watching racing and I opted out of going to Oulton Park’s British GT due to other goings on.

It was a good opportunity to continue my endurance racing catch up which I did on Sunday evening. There’s little point blogging it for an audience because frankly none of you care about a race that happened 18 months ago but I did it anyway because I like the practice of writing weekly.

2017 FIA WEC – R6 – 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas
Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA
Took place 16th September 2017
Watched 21st April 2019

Qualifying:
LMP1:  Porsche, Porsche, Toyota, Toyota;
LMP2:  Signatech, Rebellion, Jackie Chan DC, Rebellion;
GTE Pro:  AF Corse, Ford Ganassi, Aston Martin, AF Corse;
GTE Am:  Aston Martin, Spirit of Race, Clearwater, Dempsey-Proton;

Just four cars in LMP1 for the last few races of the 2017 season and Porsche’s 919 was clearly faster than Toyota’s TS050, just as it was in Mexico. Yet the Toyotas had better low speed boost, the traction off the corner visibly better and they got past the no.2 Porsche in the early laps. Toyota then ran 1-2 by not taking tyres at the first pitstops when the Porsches did. That made a race of it for the next hour! They’d play strategy all race.

LMP2 teams were single-stinting drivers due to the high heat. Really close racing in the class. Signatech Alpine were the class of the field, though in the middle Alex Brundle’s Jackie Chan DC Racing car pulled a big lead for a while. This class was the one most affected by tyre regulations (just 4 sets for a 6 hour race) on a high degradation track, so the order changed a lot based on who was single-stinting and double-stinting tyres.

GTE Pro again had really good close, clean racing this time between the Aston of Nicki Thiim and the two AF Corse Ferraris in the first hour. Thiim had got the lead through the melee of turn one lap one when all the cars spread out wide. In the 2nd hour the Ferraris got clear. Despite qualifying last, the Porsche GTs had great race pace and caught the Ferraris.

GTE Am’s pole-sitting Aston Martin had Paul Dalla Lana driving first so we found him fall behind the Pro drivers early and the two Ferraris pull away. It turned around later when Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy raced through the pack.

A Safety Car just after halfway after the Gulf Porsche spun twice. That allowed the GT Porsche to catch and overtake the Ferraris for the Pro lead. But with 12 minutes to go the leading no. 51 Ferrari had a slow puncture, the pit stop put Ferrari and Porsche side by side for the lead! The Ferrari would just about come out on top.

And within 10 minutes to go the lead Porsche 919s swapped places, team orders, the No. 1 slowing to allow No. 2 to win. That gives the No.2 car its 4th consecutive win including Le Mans and a handy points lead, while No.1 failed to score back at the double-points Le Mans and so is the sacrificial lamb.

As ever in WEC the field spread out in the last couple of hours but there were stories all the way through. I was expecting to be able to F.Fwd through chunks and get the race done in 5 hours or less, I ended up not skipping any of it.

LMP1

  1. No. 2 Porsche 919 – Hartley, Bernhard, Bamber [4th win of the year];
  2. No. 1 Porsche 919 – Lotterer, Tandy, Jani;
  3. No. 8 Toyota TS050 – Buemi, Nakajima, Sarrazin;

LMP2

  1. No. 36 Signatech Alpine – Lapierre, Menezes, Negrao  [1st win of the year];
  2. No. 13 Rebellion – Piquet Jr, Beche, Heinemeier Hansson;
  3. No. 31 Rebellion – Senna, Prost, Canal  [5th podium of the year];

GTE Pro

  1. No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari – Calado, Pier Guidi  [2nd win of the year];
  2. No. 92 Porsche – Christensen, Estre;
  3. No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari – Rigon, Bird;

GTE Am

  1. No. 98 Aston Martin – Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda  [2nd win of the year];
  2. No. 61 Clearwater Ferrari – Sun Mok, Sawa, Griffin;
  3. No. 54 Spirit of Race Ferrari – Castellacci, Flohr, Molina;

The next WEC race was the 6 Hours of Fuji, though the ELMS 4 Hours of Spa is next on my list by calendar date.

Next Week

The weekend of 26th to 28th April, a fairly busy one depending on your interests. My pick of the week is Baku because that race is crazy fun.

  • F1 Azerbaijan GP at Baku (with F2 support);
  • Formula E in Paris;
  • VLN 3 at the Nordschleife;
  • GT Open at Paul Ricard;
  • Blancpain America at VIR;
  • WTCR at Hungaroring;
  • BTCC at Donington Park;
  • WRC in Argentina;
  • NASCAR at Talledega;

I will watch F1 and Formula E. If the weather is terrible Saturday I may stay home and watch VLN. I plan to catch up on BTCC and WTCR at the end of the year as, guess what, I’m two years behind!

Oh and it’s the London Marathon on Sunday morning and that’s often a good watch if you like endurance racing of any type.

2019 Race Schedules for Google Calendar & iCal

In order to watch too much racing you will need to know when it happens.

Keep up with your favourite racing series by adding my Calendars to your Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Microsoft Outlook, or other service which supports ICAL or HTML format.

Just click the link for the race schedule you want to import and it will appear in your calendar in your browser or on your phone.

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Go here for details:

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Lastly, I would like to say a huge thank you to the people who have kindly donated!

I have a Paypal tip jar on the top right of the blog which is aimed at covering my site hosting fees and domain name registrations for the year. Though these aren’t big, just a basic WordPress.com blog plus some domain names, they are sometimes a bit of a pain after some other financial headaches personally in the last few years. And the time sink of entering the calendar dates is quite considerable.

I’m pleased to say thanks to you I’ve covered my fees and enough to keep me in cups of tea for the year as well!

I’m astonished people pay at all, let alone anything more than £2, I know acutely there are far more worthy causes than this. It does encourage me to put in the work through a dark dingy autumn and winter, so thank you.

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COMMENT: 16/17 June 2018 Le Mans

In some 17 years of following the race from afar, the 2018 edition wouldn’t rank in my top ten or fifteen. On the positive side there were some prominent highlights: a worthy winning team, a true test of endurance among the new LMP1 cars, some fascinating F1 visitors with very different approaches, a much better GT race than expected. And I once again enjoyed being a tiny part of the online endurance racing family.

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Weekend Preview: 16/17 June 2018 Le Mans

It’s the big one, the 24 Hours of Le Mans!

Times are approximate and in British Summer Time.

There are 60 cars with 180 drivers. 60 stories to follow. Three class races other than LMP1. Please do not belittle all of that just because the race for the win might be boring!

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