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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 International Raceway
Aug. 1-2 – Road America
Aug. 21-23 – Virginia International Raceway – GT only
Sep. 4-6 – Six Hours of Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
Sep. 25-27 – Mid-Ohio (rescheduled from May. 3)
Oct. 10-11 – Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval
Oct. 15-17 – Motul Petit Le Mans
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (rescheduled from Sep. 4-6)
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), Watkins Glen International (June 28, Oct. 4), Lime Rock Park (July 18, Oct. 31).

The IMSA WeatherTech 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. Both will allow for limited numbers of spectators.

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.

This is one of six events to be postponed as IMSA continually works on ensuring it can achieve a full season of racing for all of its four classes.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen was originally rescheduled from June to October, but this created a date clash with the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli Indianapolis 8 Hour which led to IMSA moving its race again to an early September slot.

It was ultimately canceled on Aug. 1 when IMSA confirmed replacement rounds at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval for Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park, respectively.

The changes to the WeatherTech Championship schedule have also affected the outlook of IMSA’s Challenge support series.

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

Jan. 24 – Daytona International Speedway
Jul. 17-18 – Sebring International Raceway
Jul. 31-Aug. 2 – Road America
Aug. 21-23 – Virginia International Raceway
Sep. 3-6 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
Sep. 25-27 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (rescheduled from May. 3) – Doubleheader
Oct. 14-17 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (rescheduled from Sep. 4)
No. 11-14 – Sebring International Raceway (rescheduled from Mar. 18-21)

Canceled: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Jul. 4) Watkins Glen International (June 27, Oct. 3)

IMSA Prototype Challenge

Jan. 3-5 – Daytona International Speedway
Jul. 17-18 – 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: Dirk Bogaerts/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)
Dec. 10-12 – Kyalami 9 Hour (rescheduled from Nov. 21-22)

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.

The second edition of the revived Kyalami 9 Hour has been moved to December to create space between it and the 24 Hours of Spa, whilst also leaving enough time for teams to prepare for the planned 2021 opener at Bathurst next February.

GT World Challenge Asia powered by AWS

Sep. 12-13 – Sepang
Oct. 17-18 – Shanghai 888
Nov. 31-Dec. 1 – China TBC
Dec. 5-6 – Sepang (rescheduled from Mar. 28-29)

Canceled: Autopolis (Jul. 11-12), Fuji (Jul. 25-26 or Aug. 1-2)

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.

Autopolis was then removed per the June 9 update, which also saw Fuji dropped and the start of the season moved back to September. 

Sepang has returned to both open and round out the season, with the Malaysian circuit taking the September slot originally held by Shanghai.

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), 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

Jan. 9, 2021 – 4H Buriram
Jan. 11 – 4H Buriram
Jan. 23 – 4H Sepang
Jan. 26 – 4H Sepang

The original 2020-21 Asian Le Mans Series calendar featured four races in four different countries and also promised the championship’s first visit to Suzuka.

However, on June 1, this schedule was replaced by a new layout condensing all four races into the space of one month in 2021 and limiting the season to two circuits.

The series is set to return to The Bend Motorsport Park in Australia during the 2021-22 season.

Canceled: 4H Suzuka (Nov. 29), 4H Shanghai (Dec. 13)

Photo: Toyota

Super GT Series

Jun. 27-28 – Testing (Fuji)
Jul. 18-19 – Fuji
Aug. 8-9 – Fuji
Aug. 22-23 – Suzuka
Sep. 12-13 – Motegi
Oct. 3-4 – Fuji
Oct. 24-25 – Suzuka
Nov. 7-8 – Motegi
Nov. 28-29 – Fuji

Canceled: Okayama (Jul. 11-12), Sepang (Jul. 18-19), Sportsland SUGO (Sep. 12-13), Autopolis (Oct. 24-25), Buriram

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

The Japanese national championship issued a full update on June 4, which presented a new calendar starting at Fuji in mid-July.

All of the races will now be held at Fuji, Suzuka and Motegi.

A late December race at Buriram was the target venue for the series’ only international trip this year, but this option was called off on June 8.

Planned races at Okayama, Autopolis, Sportsland SUGO, Sepang have also been canceled.

DTM

Aug. 1-2 – Spa-Francorchamps
Aug. 14-16 – Lausitzring
Aug. 21-23 – Lausitzring
Sep. 4-6 – Assen
Sep. 11-13 – Nürburgring
Sep. 18-20 – Nürburgring
Oct. 9-11 – Zolder
Oct. 16-18 – Zolder
Nov. 6-8 – Hockenheim

Canceled: Norisring (Jul. 10-12), Brands Hatch (Aug. 22-23), Anderstorp, Igora Drive, Monza (Nov. 14-15)

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.

A new schedule was released on June 2 with Brands Hatch, Igora Drive, Anderstorp and Monza removed, while repeat visits were confirmed for three circuits.

Furthermore, Spa-Francorchamps returned to the schedule for the first time since 2005. On June 5 the Belgian GP venue became the season opener when the city of Nuremberg refused to let the planned Norisring street race go ahead.

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/ADAC Barbarossapreis (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 – DMV 4H Race (rescheduled from Apr. 4)
Nov. 21 – ADAC ACAS Cup (rescheduled from Apr. 18)

Canceled: ADAC Westfalenfahrt (Mar. 21)

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.

The VLN organization which runs the NLS has come up with a new pit format to ensure that races can be held to the necessary hygiene standards.

International GT Open

Aug. 6-9 – Hungaroring (rescheduled from Jul. 11-12, Jul. 23-26)
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, and has adjusted its Hungaroring date on two occasions.

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. 6-8 – Road America
Aug. 22-23 – Virginia International Raceway
Sep. 4-6 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (rescheduled from Sep. 4-6)
Nov. 13-15 – Sebring International Raceway

Canceled: Barber (Apr. 4-5), Toronto (Jul. 10-12), St. Petersburg (Oct. 23-25), Misano world final (Oct. 29-30), Watkins Glen International (June 25-27, Oct. 2-4)

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia

Lamborghini announced the suspension of the season on March 30.

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

Sep. 4-6 – Sydney Motorsports Park (rescheduled from Aug. 14-16)
Sep. 11-13 – Sandown Raceway (rescheduled from Nov. 20-22)
Oct. 9-10 – Bathurst
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Barbagallo Raceway (rescheduled from May. 15-17)

Canceled: Phillip Island (Aug. 14-16), The Bend (Sep. 18-20), Gold Coast (Oct. 30-Nov. 1)

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: MPS Agency

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

Jul. 30 – testing (Fuji)
Sep. 4-6 – Fuji 24 Hours (rescheduled from Jun. 5-6)
Oct. 10-11 – Sportsland SUGO (rescheduled from Apr. 26-26, Oct. 3-4)
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Okayama
Nov. 21-22 – Twin Ring Motegi (rescheduled from Sep. 19-20)
Dec. 12-13 – Autopolis (rescheduled from Aug. 1-2)
Jan. 23-24, 2021 – Suzuka (rescheduled from Mar. 21-22, Nov. 21-22 2020)

China GT Championship

Jul. 8-9 – Zhuzhou
Sep. 5-6 – Qinhuangdao
Oct. 23-25 – Shanghai
Dec. 4-6 – Zhuhai

Ferrari Challenge Europe

Jul. 4-5 – Imola
Jul. 18-19 – Barcelona
Aug. 1-2 – Portimao (rescheduled from May. 8-10)
Aug. 28-30 – Mugello (rescheduled from Apr. 3-5)
Sep. 11-13 – Spa-Francorchamps
Sep. 26-27 – Misano
Nov. 4-7 – Yas Marina

Canceled: Brno (Jun. 5-7), Hockenheim (Jun. 19-21)

Ferrari Challenge North America

Jan. 23-25 – Daytona
Mar. 6-8 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
Jul. 22-27 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (rescheduled from Apr. 17-19)
Aug. 26-30 – Circuit of The Americas
Sep. 23-27 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (rescheduled from Jul. 24-26)
Oct. 7-11 – Watkins Glen (rescheduled from Aug. 26-30)
Nov. 4-7 – Yas Marina

Canceled: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Jun. 14-16)

Standalone Events

Aug. 30 – Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (rescheduled from Jun. 28)
Nov. 4-7 – Ferrari Finali Mondiali (Yas Marina)
Dec. 11-12 – Gulf 12 Hours

Canceled: Le Mans Classic (Jul. 2-5), Silverstone Classic (Jul. 31-Aug. 2), Monterey Reunion (Aug. 13-16), Goodwood Festival of Speed (Jul. 9-12), Goodwood Revival (Sep. 11-13), FIA Motorsport Games (Oct. 23-25), FIA GT World Cup (Nov. 19-22)

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

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