With the opening rounds of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships postponed, it has been confirmed the remainder of the year will likely run to a modified schedule.
Round three at Winton scheduled for May will not go ahead as planned, instead a new calendar will be released later in 2020 featuring as many events as is logistically possible.
The June round scheduled for The Bend will also be closely monitored in the coming weeks, with alternate dates being explored if there is no sign of a change to the current climate.
Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships Director Michael Smith said the COVID-19 pandemic had understandably forced a rethink of the 2020 calendar.
“It is certainly very obvious that motorsport is in a holding pattern given the restrictions in place around the country,” Smith said.
“The safety and health of everyone involved in the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships is obviously our priority – and that includes everyone who attends events – whether as spectators, as officials or those on track and in pit lane helping us to deliver a world class show.
“As such, we’re now working very hard behind the scenes to have several calendar options in place so we are ready to go, we have a schedule that will allow us to get back on track as soon as is possible, and as regularly as is possible.
“I’d like to thank the many circuit operators for their co-operation as well. It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle as we try to fit all the pieces together, but we’re hopeful we will be able to put on some quality racing in the latter half of 2020.
“Right now, we can’t exactly say when the first event will be held given the uncertainty around the ongoing lockdowns and travel bans, or also if events will be able to be open to spectators, but we will work closely with all our categories and partners, as well as local, state and federal governments to ensure a suitable and safe outcome for our 2020 season.”
Updates will be provided on motorsport.org.au/championships regularly to ensure all fans are kept up to date.