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Paul Ricard 1000km Postponed to November

GTWC Europe’s Paul Ricard 1000km moved to mid-November as likely season finale…

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The Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km has been postponed to Nov. 15, becoming the latest GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS round to be canceled or pushed back.

The six-hour race traditionally serves as a precursor to the Total 24 Hours of Spa but will now take place in mid November as the expected GTWC Europe season finale.

Its postponement comes after the French government banned all large public gatherings until at least July 15 on Monday.

The race was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 30, running from 6 p.m. to midnight, but will instead run in the daytime, from 12-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.

This is the same weekend as the rescheduled Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The Macau Grand Prix is one week later, followed by the Kyalami 9 Hour the week after that.

It is now the fourth GTWC Europe round to be canceled or postponed, following on from Monza, which was set to take place this weekend, Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

The season is expected to get underway either with a sprint round at Misano or Zandvoort in late June / early July, or the 24H Spa in late July, but could be subject to further delays.

Sportscar365 understands that a number of backup plans for additional races are in the works and that draft calendars have been communicated to teams in recent weeks.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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