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Revised 2020 Sports Car Racing Calendars

Sportscar365’s definitive rolling guide to revised sports car racing calendars around the world…

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Welcome to Sportscar365’s definitive guide to the revised 2020 sports car racing calendars.

Almost all competitions on all levels from the national to global scale have had races postponed or canceled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

This page will be updated as further schedule adjustments are announced. Keep checking back to stay informed on the latest sports car racing calendar news.

FIA World Endurance Championship

Sept. 1, 2019 – 4H Silverstone
Oct. 6 – 6H Fuji
Nov. 10 – 4H Shanghai
Dec. 14 – 8H Bahrain
Feb. 23, 2020 – Lone Star Le Mans
Aug. 15 – Total 6H Spa
Sept. 19-20 – 24 Hours of Le Mans
Nov. 21 – 8H Bahrain

Canceled: 1000 Miles of Sebring (March 18-20)

Adjustments to the 2019-20 WEC schedule started last month when the 1000 Miles of Sebring in March was canceled because of restrictions on travelers to the United States from Europe’s Schengen Area.

The final two rounds of the season at Spa and Le Mans were also called off, with Spa being rearranged for a mid-August date and the 24 Hours of Le Mans moving to September.

Since Le Mans was rescheduled to take place after the start of the 2020-21 season, the WEC took the decision to extend the season through to a Bahrain finale in November.

This effectively removed the planned 2020-21 season rounds at Silverstone, Monza and Fuji, and paved the way for the WEC’s return to a calendar year format in 2021.

Further changes could come in the wake of the Belgium government’s decision to ban “mass events” until August 31, putting the rescheduled 6H Spa race in major doubt.

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Jan. 25-26 – Rolex 24 at Daytona
Jul. 3-4 – Daytona International Speedway
Jul. 17-18 – Sebring Internationa Raceway
Jul. 31-Aug. 2 – Road America
Aug. 21-23 – Virginia International Raceway – GT only
Sep. 4-6 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Sep. 25-27 – Mid-Ohio (rescheduled from May. 3)
Oct. 1-4 – Watkins Glen (rescheduled from Jun. 28)
Oct. 14-17 – Motul Petit Le Mans
Oct. 30-31 – Lime Rock Park (rescheduled from Jul. 18) – GT only
Nov. 11-14 – Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (rescheduled from Mar. 21)

Canceled: Long Beach (April 17-19), Detroit Belle Isle (May. 30), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Jul. 2-5)

As of May 15, four of this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races have been rescheduled to new dates while the three other events have been canceled.

The season started at Daytona in January and is set to return to the famous speedway for a rare sprint race at the start of June before heading to Sebring for another newly-installed meeting.

Sebring also rounds out the season with the 12-hour race, which was originally due to be held in March on the IMSA/FIA World Endurance Championship double bill.

Additionally, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park have been moved along to the fall, while the dates for the rounds at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (one week earlier) and the Motul Petit Le Mans (one week later) have been slightly adjusted.

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

Jan. 24 – Daytona International Speedway
Jul. 17 – Sebring International Raceway
Aug. 1 – Road America
Aug. 21-23 – Virginia International Raceway
Sep. 5 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Sep. 26 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (rescheduled from May. 3)
Oct. 3 – Watkins Glen International (rescheduled from Jun. 27)
Oct. 16 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
Oct. 31 – Lime Rock Park (rescheduled from Jul. 18)
No. 13 – Sebring International Raceway (rescheduled from Mar. 18-21)

Canceled: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Jul. 4)

IMSA Prototype Challenge

Jan. 3-5 – Daytona International Speedway
Jul. 16-18 – Sebring International Raceway
Jul. 31-Aug. 2 – Road America
Aug. 21-23 – Virginia International Raceway
Sep. 25-27 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (rescheduled from May 1-3)
Oct. 14-17 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

Canceled: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Jul. 3-5)

Photo: SRO

Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli

Feb. 2 – Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
Oct. 4 – Indianapolis 8 Hours
Oct. 24-25 – Total 24 Hours of Spa (rescheduled from Jul. 25-26)
Nov. 28 – Kyalami 9 Hour
TBA – Asian Round

Canceled: Suzuka 10 Hours (Aug. 21-23)

The fifth IGTC season kicked off at Bathurst and was due to return for round two at Spa in late July.

That was until the 24-hour race was postponed following the Belgian government’s decision to extend its ban on mass gatherings until the end of August, with news coming in late May that the Suzuka 10 Hours has been canceled, with SRO seeking a replacement round in Asia.

Unrelated to the pandemic, the second edition of the revived Kyalami 9 Hour has been moved back a week to avoid a clash with the FIA GT World Cup at Macau.

GT World Challenge Asia powered by AWS

July 11-12 – Autopolis
July 25-26 or Aug. 1-2 – Fuji Speedway (rescheduled from May. 23-24)
Sept. 12-13 – Shanghai
Oct. 17-18 – Shanghai 888
Dec. 5-6 – Sepang (rescheduled from Mar. 28-29)

SRO’s Asian regional series added its first-ever event at Autopolis in Japan to counteract the initial removal of the Sepang and Buriram rounds.

In a new calendar released on April 30, it canceled the round at Suzuka but moved Fuji Speedway later in the summer, while maintaining its back-to-back events in Shanghai.

Sepang returned to the schedule to close out the season before returning to a season-opening slot in 2021.

 

Photo: Dirk Bogaerts/SRO

GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS
*Races to include GT Sports Club

Mar. 12-13 – Testing (Paul Ricard)
Jul. 25-26 – 3H Imola (Endurance)
Aug. 7-9 – Misano (Sprint x3)* – rescheduled from Jul. 3-5
Sep. 5-6 – 6H Nürburgring (Endurance)
Sep. 11-13 – Magny-Cours (Sprint x2)*
Sep. 25-27 – Zandvoort (Sprint x2)* – rescheduled from Jun. 26-28
Sep. 29-30 – Total 24 Hours of Spa test days
Oct. 9-11 – Barcelona (Sprint x3)*
Oct. 22-25 – Total 24 Hours of Spa (Endurance)
Nov. 13-15 – Paul Ricard 1000km (Endurance)

Canceled: Hungaroring Sprint (Sep. 25-27)

One of the first pandemic-related schedule changes came from SRO, which on March 5 canceled the Monza GTWC Europe enduro in response to the growing crisis in Italy.

This resulted in the Barcelona round, which was originally a Sprint Cup weekend, being turned into an Endurance Cup event.

To keep the two distinct series at five rounds each, a new Sprint event at Imola was added to the end of the season.

Following the French ban of large public gatherings until mid-July, the Paul Ricard 1000km was rescheduled to November, while a similar measure in Belgium resulted in the Total 24 Hours of Spa being postponed to late October.

A further schedule change was announced on May 15, giving each championship a reduced four-event calendar but with a few tweaks to maintain the original track time.

Magny-Cours was added to the Sprint bill at the expense of the Hungaroring, while Imola became a three-hour enduro and Barcelona reverted to Sprint.

The Barcelona and Misano Sprint rounds will feature an extra race, while the Nürburgring Endurance Cup event will run to a longer six-hour duration.

Photo: SRO America

GT World Challenge America powered by AWS
*Denotes GT Sports Club round

Mar. 6-8 – Circuit of The Americas
Jul. 9-12 – Virginia International Raceway (rescheduled from Jun. 5-7)*
Aug. 7-9 – Sonoma Raceway*
Aug. 28-30 – Road America*
Sep. 18-20 – Watkins Glen*
Oct. 4 – Indianapolis 8 Hour*

Postponed: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (May 15-17)

GTWC America’s first schedule change came on April 5, when the second round of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was postponed from its May 15-17 date.

The following event at Virginia International Raceway was then rescheduled from June to July and turned into a triple-header for the Sprint and SprintX championships.

On April 6, SRO turned back on its decision to omit the Indianapolis 8 Hours from the GTWC schedule. Championship points will be awarded after three hours. 

Pirelli GT4 America

Mar. 6-8 – Circuit of The Americas (Sprint, SprintX)
Jul. 9-12 – Virginia International Raceway (Sprint, SprintX) – rescheduled from Jun. 5-7
Aug. 7-9 – Sonoma Raceway (Sprint, SprintX)
Aug. 28-30 – Road America (Sprint, SprintX)
Sep. 18-20 – Watkins Glen (Sprint, SprintX)
Oct. 1-3 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Sprint, SprintX)

Canceled: St. Petersburg (Mar. 6-8, Sprint), Long Beach (April 17-19, SprintX), Lime Rock Park (May. 8-9, SprintX)
Postponed: CTMP (May 15-17, Sprint)

Photo: MPS Agency

European Le Mans Series

Jul. 13-14 – Testing (Paul Ricard)
Jul. 19 – 4H Le Castellet
Aug. 9 – 4H Spa-Francorchamps
Aug. 29 – 4H Barcelona
Oct. 11 – 4H Monza
Nov. 1 – 4H Portimao

The European Le Mans Series has identified July as a target starting point for its season, which was originally supposed to get underway at Barcelona in early April.

Both the Paul Ricard and Spa races are unaltered from the original calendar, while the postponed Barcelona and Monza rounds have been rearranged.

Monza’s new October date has forced Portimao to step back two weeks, while the elimination of the Silverstone WEC round means there will be no ELMS UK visit this year.

The Paul Ricard and Spa races could be affected by the French and Belgian governments’ respective bans on public events until September.

Michelin Le Mans Cup

Jul. 15 – Testing (Paul Ricard)
Jul. 18 – Paul Ricard
Aug. 8 – Spa-Francorchamps
Aug. 29 – Barcelona
Sep. 17-19 – Road to Le Mans
Oct. 10 – Monza
Nov. 1 – Portimao

Asian Le Mans Series

Nov. 29 – 4H Suzuka
Dec. 13 – 4H Shanghai
Jan. 9, 2021 – 4H Buriram
Jan. 23 – 4H Sepang

Photo: Toyota

Super GT Series

Jun. 27-28 – Testing (Fuji)
Jul. 11-12 – Okayama (rescheduled from Apr. 11-12)
Aug. 8-9 – Fuji 500km (rescheduled from May. 3-4)
Sep. 12-13 – Sportsland SUGO
Oct. 24-25 – Autopolis
Nov. 7-8 – Twin Ring Motegi

Postponed: Suzuka (May. 30-31), Buriram (Jul. 4-5), Sepang (Jul. 18-19)

Super GT’s first postponement was the Okayama season-opener, which was swiftly followed by the next two rounds at Fuji and Suzuka.

Two of these have been rescheduled, while the Japanese championship is also working to find new dates for its overseas trips to Buriram in Thailand and Sepang in Malaysia.

For now, the races forming the tail end of the season at SUGO, Autopolis and Motegi remain on their original weekends.

DTM

Jul. 11-12 – Norisring
Aug. 1-2 – Anderstorp or Igora Drive
Aug. 8-9 – Zolder
Aug. 22-23 – Brands Hatch
Sep. 5-6 – Assen
Sep. 12-13 – Nürburgring
Oct. 3-4 – Anderstorp or Igora Drive
Oct. 17-18 – Lausitzring
Nov. 7-8 – Hockenheim
Nov. 14-15 – Monza

DTM was one of the last sports car series to communicate changes to its calendar, but when it eventually released details on March 25 it presented a schedule that had been almost completely rewritten.

The first five rounds on the original calendar were renegotiated for later in the year, while the Norisring event in July was fixed in its place to become the season-opener.

The other circuits to avoid rescheduling were Brands Hatch, Assen and the Nürburgring.

However, the Norisrinig round has been placed in doubt by the  German government’s imposition of a ban on “large events” until August 31, while Zolder is under identical pressures from Belgium.

Photo: Gruppe C Photography

ADAC GT Masters

Jul. 31-Aug. 2 – Lausitzring
Aug. 14-16 – Nürburgring
Sep. 18-20 – Hockenheim
Oct. 2-4 – Sachsenring
Oct. 16-18 – Red Bull Ring
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Zandvoort (rescheduled from Aug. 22-23)
Nov. 6-8 – Oschersleben (rescheduled from Apr. 24-26, Oct. 24-25)

Canceled: Autodrom Most (Aug. 1-2)

Germany’s top GT sprint series has delayed the start of its campaign until August, with the Lausitzring now set to join the calendar as the season-opener.

ADAC confirmed the Lausitring’s addition on May 24, at the expense of the planned visit to Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic.

The championship is still planning to hold a 14-race, seven-round season in 2020 and has adjusted the dates of its events at Zandvoort and Oschersleben to achieve this.

The Oschersleben date has now moved twice. It was first moved to Oct. 24-25 but has since been pushed into November to avoid a clash with the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

Intelligent Money British GT Championship

Aug. 1-2 – Oulton Park (rescheduled from Apr. 11-13)
Aug. 15-16 – Donington Park (rescheduled from Jun. 20-21)
Aug. 29-30 – Brands Hatch
Sep. 19-20 – Donington Park
Oct. 3-4 – Snetterton (rescheduled from May. 16-17)
Nov. 7-8 – Silverstone 500 (rescheduled from Jun. 6-7)

Canceled: Spa-Francorchamps (Jul. 19)

The first four events of the original 2020 British GT schedule were called off in the wake of a ruling from national governing body Motorsport UK that prevented any racing events from taking place in the United Kingdom until July.

This hasn’t affected the August fixture at Brands Hatch and the September visit to Donington, which now clashes with the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

New dates for the four postponed rounds were announced on May 14, with Oulton Park opening the season as initially planned and the Silverstone enduro closing things out.

The overseas trip to Spa-Francorchamps has not been retained on the amended schedule.

Photo: Porsche

NLS and Nürburgring 24 

Jun. 27 – Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy
Jul. 11-12 – ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen (double-header)
Aug. 1 – RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen
Aug. 29 – 6H ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen
Sep. 26-27 – Nürburgring 24 (rescheduled from May. 23-24)
Oct. 24 – DMV Münsterlandpokal
Nov. 7 – ADAC Barbarossapreis
Nov. 21 – season finale

Canceled: ADAC Westfalenfahrt (Mar. 21), DMV 4H Race (Apr. 4), ADAC ACAS Cup (Apr. 18)

The Nürburgring 24 will take place after summer for the first time having been relocated from its traditional date slot on Ascension day weekend. There will be no N24 qualifying race this year.

Changes have also been made to the Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie schedule. A double-header event is planned for round three, while an additional four-hour race has been added to the end of the season.

This somewhat makes up for the cancelation of the opening three races that were scheduled to be held in March and April.

However, it could all be undone by the fact that no large-scale events can take place in Germany until September, according to the government’s communication on April 15.

International GT Open

Jul. 11-12 – Hungaroring
Aug. 22-23 – Paul Ricard (rescheduled from Apr. 25-26)
Sep. 12-13 – Red Bull Ring
Sep. 26-27 – Monza
Oct. 17-18 – Spa-Francorchamps (rescheduled from Jun. 6-7)
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 – Barcelona (rescheduled from Oct. 24-25)

Canceled: Hockenheim (Jun. 27-28)

The GT Open season-opener at Paul Ricard was moved from Apr. 25-26 to a free date in August, leaving Spa-Francorchamps as the new opening round.

On April 7, the series confirmed that Spa would also be postponed to later in the year, which forced the date of the Barcelona season finale to be tweaked.

GT Open also canceled its pre-season tests at Barcelona and Paul Ricard that were supposed to take place in March.

Photo: Lamborghini

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe

Aug. 7-9 – Misano (rescheduled from Jun. 3-5)
Sep. 4-5 – Nürburgring
Oct. 9-11 – Barcelona
Oct. 20-24 – Spa-Francorchamps (rescheduled from Jul. 22-25)
Nov. 13-15 – Paul Ricard (rescheduled from May. 29-31)

Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America

Aug. 7-9 – Road America
Sep. 4-6 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Oct. 2-4 – Watkins Glen International (rescheduled from Jun. 25-27)
Oct. 23-25 – St. Petersburg
Nov. 13-15 – Sebring International Raceway

Canceled: Barber (Apr. 4-5), Toronto (Jul. 10-12), Virginia (Aug. 21-23), Misano world final (Oct. 29-30)

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia

May. 23-24 – Fuji
Jun. 20-21 – Suzuka
Sep. 12-13 – Shanghai
Oct. 29-30 – Misano (World Final)

Postponed: Sepang (Mar. 27-29), Buriram (Apr. 25-26)

Photo: Audi

24H Series

Jun. 12-14 – 24H Portimao
Jul. 10-11 – 12H Monza
Sep. 4-6 – 24H Barcelona
Oct. 9-10 – 12H Imola
Nov. 13-14 – 12H Zandvoort
TBA – 24H Circuit of The Americas

Postponed: 12H Spa, TCR Spa 500 (May. 1-3)
Canceled: 12H Estoril (Mar. 26-28)

Australian GT Championship

Aug. 14-16 – Phillip Island
Sep. 18-20 – The Bend
Oct. 8-11 – Bathurst
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Gold Coast
Nov. 20-22 – Sandown Park

Postponed: Bathurst (Apr. 10-12), Barbagallo (May. 15-17)

GT4 European Series

Jul. 18-19 – Imola
Aug. 7-9 – Misano
Sep. 5-6 – Nürburgring
Sep. 25-27 – Zandvoort (rescheduled from Jun. 26-28)
Oct. 20-25 – Spa-Francorchamps (rescheduled from Jul. 23-25)
Nov. 13-15 – Paul Ricard (rescheduled from May. 29-31)

Canceled: Silverstone (May. 9-10), Hungaroring (Sep. 25-27)

Photo: Porsche

FFSA French GT

Jun. 30-Jul. 1 – Testing (Nogaro)
Aug. 21-23 – Nogaro (rescheduled from Apr. 10-13)
Sep. 11-13 – Magny-Cours
Oct. 2-4 – Paul Ricard
Oct. 16-18 – Albi
Nov. 7-8 – Ledenon (rescheduled from Jun. 18-21)

Canceled: Pau (May. 22-24) – replaced by Albi; Spa-Francorchamps (Jul. 17-19)

Super Taikyu

Aug. 1-2 – Autopolis
Sep. 19-20 – Twin Ring Motegi
Oct. 3-4 – Sportsland SUGO (rescheduled from Apr. 25-26)
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 – Okayama
Nov. 21-22 – Suzuka (rescheduled from Mar. 21-22)

Postponed: Fuji 24 Hours (Jun. 5-6)

China GT Championship (provisional)

Jun. 26-28 – Shanghai
Sep. 5-6 – Qinhuangdao
Oct. 23-25 – Shanghai
Dec. 4-6 – Zhuhai

Standalone Events

Aug. 13-16 – Monterey Reunion
Aug. 30 – Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (rescheduled from Jun. 28)
Sep. 11-13 – Goodwood Revival
Nov. 4-7 – Ferrari Finali Mondiali (Yas Marina)
Nov. 19-22 – FIA GT World Cup (Macau)
Dec. 11-12 – Gulf 12 Hours
Jul. 1-4, 2021 – Le Mans Classic (rescheduled from Jul. 2-5, 2020)

Postponed: Goodwood Festival of Speed (Jul. 9-12), FIA Motorsport Games (Oct. 23-25)
Canceled: Silverstone Classic (Jul. 31-Aug. 2)

Goodwood Road & Racing has confirmed that it’s working to reschedule its biggest annual event, the Festival of Speed, for the late summer or early fall.

For other coronavirus-related disruptions not listed here, check out Sportscar365’s Weekly Racing Roundup every Monday.

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