The Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed three months from its traditional June date due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Postponing the 24 Hours of Le Mans from the original dates in June is now the most appropriate way forward in the current exceptional circumstances,” said ACO president Pierre Fillon.
“First and foremost, I urge everyone to avoid putting themselves, their loved ones and others at risk. The most important thing today is to curtail the spread of this virus. Our thoughts go out to medical staff working relentlessly for the sake of us all.
“The postponement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans means making changes to the WEC and ELMS calendars and we shall announce the new dates shortly. The safety and quality of our events will not be compromised. Competitors, sponsors, fans, media, medical services and organisers – it is time to pull together, more than ever before.”
WEC and ELMS CEO Gerard Neveu added his backing for the postponement, saying it was the “right decision”.
Another major French race, the Pau Grand Prix, is also facing a postponement due to the Coronavirus. The event on the street circuit in the Pyrennes city, which was due to be held on May 22nd to 24th, has been pushed back “to a later date, from three to 12 months, without a new date being set at present”, according to the organisers.
Among the other series which confirmed race cancellations today is the Japanese Super Formula championship. Its race at Fuji has now been called off along with its season-opener at Suzuka.
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