Organisers of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) have today announced the immediate suspension of the 2020 AMRS season until further notice, as a result of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.
The suspension is expected to affect at least the second and third rounds of the series at Morgan Park (3-5 April) and The Bend Motorsport Park (29-31 May).
AMRS Series Manager Matt Barawanath said it was not possible for the AMRS to continue with its original schedule in the current environment.
“This time last week, we were committed to running the race meeting with strict measures in place to reduce the risk of spreading infection,” Mr Baragwanath said.
“However, since then, the national and global situation with the COVID-19 virus has escalated exponentially. With ever-increasing State and Federal Government regulations to enforce social distancing, along with directives to avoid all non-essential interstate travel such as closing state borders, it is simply not practical to conduct national-level race meetings at the moment.
“COVID-19 has presented a situation never seen before by the motorsport industry; indeed, it will have massive and lasting impacts on Australian society. Our decision to abandon events is not one taken lightly, but we feel it is the only responsible course of action based on the seriousness of the virus and the need for all members of the public to exercise responsible social distancing.”
Mr Baragwanath said the aim is for AMRS race meetings to resume later in the year, and has not ruled out the rescheduling of events.
“In the coming days, weeks and months, we will be continuously monitoring conditions across the country, with the objective of resuming AMRS competition once the threat posed by COVID-19 has passed,” he said.
“Our aim is to press ahead with AMRS rounds scheduled for later in 2020, and we are open to explore the possibility of rescheduling the abandoned rounds, based on category interest, commitment and circuit availability.”
All AMRS fans are advised to keep up to date with plans for the resumption of the 2020 season via the series website and social media channels.