The 24H Series has shifted its planned season finale in three weekends’ time from Zandvoort to Mugello because of coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands.
A two-part 12-hour race at Zandvoort was due to round out the 2020 season but championship organizer Creventic announced a change of location on Tuesday.
Dutch precautions against COVID-19 “do not allow any events to take place” at Zandvoort, according to Creventic which is based in the Netherlands.
The Dutch government introduced a month-long “partial lockdown” on Oct. 14 that has restricted social gatherings and closed establishments, however coronavirus cases have continued to rise through to the end of an initial review period today.
Creventic has since secured a deal to hold its third Italian round of the year at Mugello, operating to the same format of a 12-hour race split into equal six-hour segments.
The 24H Series has already visited Dubai, Portimao, Monza, Hockenheim and Enna-Pergusa in 2020.
“We were looking forward to our return [to] Zandvoort and are sad to confirm that the race is not allowed to take place,” said Creventic operational manager Peter Freij.
“However, in these difficult circumstances, we have full understanding towards the local restrictions and decisions and would like to extend our thanks to the staff of Zandvoort for their cooperative approach throughout the entire process.
“We are very happy that Mugello was available for the same date on such short notice.
“We know the circuit from many years of splendid cooperation, they know our series and it is a perfect fit for our championship finale.
“These times require a certain amount of flexibility and we are positive that we can offer a race on the same weekend.”
The 12H Mugello race, which has been a regular fixture in recent 24H Series seasons, will be opened up to prototypes including LMP3s and CNs in addition to GTs and touring cars.
These cars will compete in the PX class and will be allowed to compete for overall honors.
A provisional entry list has been released with 15 cars including a pair of Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, a Mercedes-AMG GT3-Evo from CP Racing and a Renault R.S.01 from Equipe Verschurr.
“We have made the decision to accept Group CN, PX and P3 spec cars in the 12H Mugello,” added Freij.
“Based on various requests we are confident that these sports-cars will add their flavour to the entry list.”