Motorsport New Zealand and Speed Works Events have confirmed the shape of the 2020/21 season, with the series not heading to the South Island.
Instead, all six rounds will be staged around the four North Island circuits of Hampton Downs, Pukekohe, Manfeild and Taupo.
Those events will be run across November and March. Speed Works Events are currently working with classes to finalise, which will attend each event.
MSNZ have cited ‘tough border restrictions’ and a ‘strong decline in the New Zealand economy’ as the primary motives of the calendar shift.
The governing body stressed the South Island hiatus is only for a year with the aim to run three rounds in the lower part of the country for the 2021/22 season.
“We are really disappointed that we haven’t been able to take the championship series to the South Island for the 20/21 season,” said Elton Goonan, Acting CEO of MotorSport New Zealand.
“With the budgets now extremely tight, we have seen a real reduction in club, category and competitor spending in the race sector at this early stage of the economic recovery. Whilst, we do expect this to improve we need to be mindful of the long-term outcomes.”
The NZ Formula Ford, Super Trucks and Endurance Racing Championships are still set to contest rounds in the South Island at same stage during their respective championship seasons.