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Euroformula delays Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona races

by Elliot Wood

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Euroformula has delayed the start of its 2020 season further by postponing its rounds at Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona.

After cancelling both of its Winter Series fixtures at Barcelona and Paul Ricard in March in face of the threat of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, the main Euroformula season was due to begin at Paul Ricard on April 25/26.

That event has already been moved to August 22/23, and with May’s Pau Grand Prix also postponed to a yet to be announced date it meant that racing was set to start at Spa on June 6/7.

Euroformula’s promoter GT Sport has now moved that round back to October 17/18, and subsequently delayed the Barcelona season finale by a week to October 31/November 1 to avoid back-to-back-back fixtures given the Mediterranean Grand Prix at Enna-Pergusa is provisionally due to run on October 10/11.

?The entire world faces an unprecedented challenge, which will mark the history of today’s generations,” said GT Sport CEO Jesus Pareja.

“We share the frustration of the racing community and fans in this period of confinement, but the top priority now is to win the battle for everyone’s health and safety.

“We will be running again, although no one can predict exactly when this will happen. Meanwhile, GT Sport is working to reorganize the schedule and be ready for when the activity can resume. Our guiding principle is to try to maintain the same number of races originally planned. Today we announce new dates for Spa and Barcelona and our contingency plans are ready if more events need to be rescheduled.

Racing will now begin at Hockenheim on June 27/28, with the testing window with the new Dallara 320 car set to be left open longer into the year.

“At this time, I want to send a warm message of hope and encouragement to all of our contestants, partners and fans, and their families. If we stay together and keep doing what we have to do, keeping ourselves confined, the virus will be defeated and we will return to what we enjoy most: racing. Take good care of yourself and take care of your loved ones and those around you.”

French Formula 4 and Formula Regional European Championship will retain their support slots at Spa and Barcelona respectively.