The second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games has been pushed back to October 2021 in order to reduce pressure on the motorsport industry later this year.
Circuit Paul Ricard and the city of Marseille were set to host the multi-discipline event on Oct. 23-25, featuring even more categories than last year’s debut event at Vallelunga and Rome.
The second edition will now run on Oct. 22-24, 2021, at the same location in the south of France.
A statement released by the FIA and SRO Motorsports Group revealed that the decision was made to support the recovering motorsport industry by reducing financial and logistical pressure when racing is expected to get back underway.
Almost all major race series have been forced to revise their calendars due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the postponement of the Motorsport Games frees up another weekend in what’s expected to be an extremely busy September-October-November period.
“Moving the second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games to 2021 is the correct course of action,” commented SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel.
“The event was conceived as a late-season contest with each nation represented by its most talented competitors, but many series will now race further into the year than anticipated, meaning it would have fallen during a very busy period.
“To avoid this conflict, we will begin planning for 2021 and are pleased to have confirmed a revised date at Circuit Paul Ricard.
“I am grateful that this decision has been reached in such good time and believe that the second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games will ultimately be stronger for it.”