The opening round of the SUPER GT season at Okayama has been postponed due the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Okayama International Circuit was originally scheduled to host the 2020 season-opener on April 11-12. Despite the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, series organiser GTA were confident that the race would go ahead as scheduled.
However, following discussion at last weekend’s pre-season testing – which was held behind closed doors to mitigate the spread of the virus – it was subsequently announced that the first race of the season would be delayed.
The Okayama International Circuit Co., Ltd. and GTA Co., Ltd. have announced that as the result of discussions between the two companies, the decision has been made to postpone the “Takanokono Hotel OKAYAMA GT 300 km RACE” originally scheduled to be held on April 11 and 12 as Round 1 of the 2020 AUTOBACS SUPER GT series. In light of the Japanese government’s basic countermeasures regarding the spread of the new coronavirus, as well as the recent developments of the pandemic, this decision has been made with the intent of helping to prevent further spread of the virus and out of concern for the health and safety of the spectators coming to the event and the race competitors and related officials and personnel.
Concerning the future schedule of the race in light of its postponement, announcements will be made based on the status of the epidemic’s containment, etc.
Regarding details concerning refunds of the already purchased tickets for the event, they will be posted on Okayama International Circuit’s official website shown below.
We wish to extend our apologies to all the fans who were looking forward to the April race and ask for your kind understanding in these unfortunate circumstances.
A new date for the Okayama round will be announced in due course.
The announcement comes soon after the Super Formula season was further delayed due to the outbreak.