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British GT Postpones Oulton Park Season-Opener

Easter Bank Holiday meeting to be rescheduled in light of virus precautions…

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The opening round of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship has been postponed due to precautions against the coronavirus pandemic.

Oulton Park’s traditional Easter Bank Holiday meeting was due to open the 2020 season on April 11-13, but it will now be rescheduled to a later date in the year.

This comes after the British national motorsport authority Motorsport UK announced it would be suspending all organizing permits in the country until April 30.

This overarching decision was made against a backdrop of increasing measures from the British government to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 strain.

On Monday, the UK announced a series of recommendations for the public including limiting social contact by avoiding public gatherings.

According to the latest World Health Organization data, a total of 55 people have died from the virus in the UK while 1,547 cases have been recorded nationwide.

A statement from British GT confirmed that series organizer SRO Motorsports Group “fully intends” to stage seven rounds, in accordance with the original schedule.

The next event on the calendar is at Snetterton on May 15-17.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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