The FIA GT World Cup has been canceled for a second consecutive year following the FIA’s decision to pull out of the Macau Grand Prix due to the nation’s coronavirus quarantine measures.
The Government of Macau Special Administrative Region has confirmed that, for the foreseeable future, all those arriving into Macau must undergo a quarantine of 21 days immediately after arrival.
Announced just last month for a planned return, the preliminary entry list for the GT3 sprint event had been at an all-time high with 27 cars spanning six manufacturers and featuring a “healthy” mix of pro, semi-pro and amateur drivers having been pre-registered according to GT event coordinator Benjamin Franassovici.
In addition to the GT event being canceled, the FIA has also pulled the plug on the F3 World Cup and WTCR round on the famed Guia Circuit.
Last year’s GT World Cup was replaced by a national Macau GT Cup organized by local authorities, which is expected to go ahead again.
“For many years, the Macau Grand Prix has been a season-ending tradition for much of the motor sport world and it holds special significance for the FIA as the only event to feature three different FIA World Cups on the same event schedule,” said FIA Secretary General Sport Peter Bayer.
“While we will miss not being there ourselves, we wish the organizers a safe and successful Macau Grand Prix in November and we will start working immediately towards the 2022 event”.
It marks the second cancelation of a GT World Cup event in recent weeks, with the FIA postponing the second edition of the Motorsport Games in Marseille/Paul Ricard to October 2022, also due to COVID-related travel restrictions.