What was meant to be the second round of the 2020 Super Formula Championship has been postponed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
The ongoing pandemic has severely affected sports worldwide, including motor racing. Super Formula had already postponed the Suzuka season-opener that was originally scheduled for April 4-5.
This made the following round at Fuji Speedway the season-opener. However, in a statement issued by JRP on Wednesday, the start of the Super Formula season has been delayed even further.
“Regarding the second Super Formula round scheduled to be held on April 18/19, the government’s new policy on the coronavirus infection and the in light of the spread [of it], we will postpone the event in consideration of preventing the spread of infection and the health and safety of visitors and competitors, as a result of discussions with Nippon Race Promotion Co., Ltd., the promoter.
“The details and schedule of the alternative event will be announced once the decision has been made.
“Ticket refunds will be announced on our official website by Thursday, March 26, so please keep your tickets in a safe place until you decide.”
The announcement also affects the opening rounds of Super Formula Lights and TCR Japan.
The season is now scheduled to begin at the Autopolis circuit on May 16-17, provided no further postponements are made.
Super Formula’s pre-season testing at Fuji will go-ahead as scheduled next Tuesday, albeit without spectators.