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F3R Americas’ Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres called off

by Ida Wood

Photo: F3R Americas

The return of single-seaters to Canada’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres will be delayed by a year due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Formula Regional Americas had added the 2.46km Trois-Rivieres street circuit in Quebec to its seven-round 2020 calendar on August 7-9, but event organisers have decided that the this year’s GP3R will be cancelled entirely rather than postponed.

“We were looking forward to staging FR Americas Championship?s first international street-course race, but understand the challenges involved in trying to reschedule an event of this magnitude,” said SCCA Pro Racing general manager Sydney Davis.

“While we are sad to hear the news, we understand and agree with the GP3R board of directors. We appreciate all the effort that organizers put into finding a solution to continue to run the five-decade old grand prix, but FR Americas will have to wait to make its Trois-Rivieres Debut in 2021.?

The confirmation that F3R America’s will be part of GP3R in 2021 means it will follow other high-profile junior single-seater series to race there such as Atlantics, Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000.

The 2020 F3R Americas season currently has five rounds that are still set to go ahead, including the Formula 1 support slot at Circuit of the Americas for the United States Grand Prix. Road Atlanta was due to hold the season opener on April 10/11, but a new date has yet to be found.

Prior to visiting COTA on June 6/7 for what will now be the season opener, the championship has been hosting its own Esports series on iRacing using the old Dallara F317 car rather than its own regional Formula 3 chassis. It is currently led by Blake Upton.