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Super Formula makes second postponement with Fuji race

by Ida Wood

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Super Formula has decided to postpone its second round at Fuji Speedway due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, provisionally leaving the 2020 calendar at five races.

Japan’s premier single-seater series had already postponed its pre-season test and season opening race at Suzuka, and while it has confirmed its second pre-season test at Fuji will go ahead as planned next week, it has not committed to returning to the circuit for a full race weekened on April 18/19 amid the current situation regarding the spread of COVID-19.

“Regarding the second Super Formula round scheduled to be held on April 18/19, the government’s new policy on the coronavirus infection and the in light of the spread [of it], we will postpone the event in consideration of preventing the spread of infection and the health and safety of visitors and competitors, as a result of discussions with Nippon Race Promotion Co., Ltd., the promoter.

“The details and schedule of the alternative event will be announced once the decision has been made.

“Ticket refunds will be announced on our official website by Thursday, March 26, so please keep your tickets in a safe place until you decide.”

If a new date for the race cannot be found, the SF calendar will be left on five races with a season start at Autopolis on May 17. The supporting Super Formula Lights series, previously known as Japanese Formula 3, has also had its round at Fuji cancelled and will also now start at Autopolis for the first of four rounds still on the schedule.