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Suzuka 2020 Date Moved to Avoid Clashes

Date change for Asian LMS round at Suzuka next year to avoid date clashes…

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The Asian Le Mans Series has moved its 2020-21 season-opening race at Suzuka to a later date in November to avoid clashing with other motorsport events.

Japan’s return to the Asian LMS schedule, and its first visit to Suzuka Circuit, was announced last month on the original date slot of Nov. 20-22.

However, the season-opening round will now take place on Nov. 29, moving it away from the same weekend as the Macau GP which is traditionally held on the third weekend in November.

It also avoids a clash with the Kyalami 9 Hour, which rounds out the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli season.

The Suzuka race, which does not yet have a designated distance or time limit, is set to open the 2020-21 campaign.

It will sit one week before the final FIA World Endurance Championship round of the calendar year at Bahrain International Circuit. 

A series statement read: “The Japanese round of 2020-2021 series will be held a week later than initially announced to avoid clashing with the Macau Grand Prix and to allow for changes made to the Japanese motorsport calendar.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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